James Lasdun

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James Lasdun (born 1958) is an English writer. His father was the architect Denys Lasdun.[1] He has lived in the United States since 1986.

Life and career[edit]

Lasdun was born in Hammersmith, London,[2] the son of Susan (Bendit) and Denys Lasdun.[3] Lasdun has written two novels, The Horned Man, 2002 , a New York Times Notable Book, and Seven Lies, 2006 , which was an Economist Book of the Year and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for fiction. He has published four collections of short stories, including The Siege: Selected Stories , the title story of which was adapted for film by Bernardo Bertolucci as Besieged  in 1998. His latest collection It's Beginning To Hurt, 2009  was chosen as a Best Book of the Year by The Los Angeles Times , the Wall Street Journal , the Library Journal  and the Atlantic .

With Jonathan Nossiter, Lasdun co-wrote the film Sunday in 1997, based on his story Ate Menos or The Miracle , winning both the Best Feature Award and the Waldo Salt Best Screenplay Award at Sundance. Together they also wrote the next Nossiter fiction feature film Signs and Wonders in 2000 selected for the official selection of the 50th Berlin International Film Festival [4] in 2000.

Lasdun has written four books of poetry, one of which, Landscape with Chainsaw,[5] was a finalist for the T S Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was also selected as a TLS International Book of the Year.

His reviews and essays have appeared in Harper's , Granta , the London Review of Books  and The Guardian .

With his wife, Pia Davis, Lasdun has written two guidebooks dedicated to the combined pleasures of walking and eating: one in Tuscany and Umbria, the other in Provence.

He has taught creative writing at Princeton, NYU, the New York State Writers' Institute, the New School, Columbia University and Bennington College.

In 2013, he confessed that he was the Reader who turned down the Jane Somers novel (pseudonymously written by Doris Lessing, Nobel laureate for Literature) submitted to Jonathan Cape publishers, in the New Yorker "Page Turner" blog 23 July 2013.[6]

Critical appraisals of his work include reviews by James Wood in the Guardian[7] and by Gabriele Annan in the New York Review of Books.[8]



  • Lasdun, James (2002). The horned man. London: Jonathan Cape. 
  • — (17 November 2006) [2005]. Seven Lies. W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-32908-7. paperback .
  • — (18 October 2016) [2016]. The Fall Guy. W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-29232-9. hardcover .

Short fiction[edit]

  • Lasdun, James (1986). Delirium Eclipse.  a.k.a. The Silver Age, 1985 .
  • — (1992). Three Evenings. .
  • — (July 2000). "The Siege". Selected Stories.  (a.k.a. Besieged (1st ed.), WW Norton & Co, ISBN 978-0-393-32074-9, paperback .
  • — (3 August 2010) [2009]. It's Beginning To Hurt. Picador. ISBN 0-312-42986-X. paperback .





  • Lasdun, James; Nossiter, Jonathan, Sunday (Screenplay) .
  • —; Nossiter, Jonathan, Signs and Wonders (screenplay) 
  • —; Chekhov, Anton. "Introduction". Collected Stories. Folio. 
  • —. "Introduction". St Mawr by DH Lawrence. Penguin. 
  • —. "Introduction". As A Man Grows Older by Italo Svevo. NYRB. 
  • —. "Introduction". Amerika by Franz Kafka. Folio. .
  • —. "Introduction". Selected Stories of Paul Bowles. Penguin. 
  • —; Davis, Pia (28 September 2004). Walking and Eating in Tuscany and Umbria (revised ed.). Penguin. ISBN 978-0-14-100900-1. paperback 
  • —; Davis, Pia (6 May 2008). Walking and Eating in Provence. Moon Handbooks. Avalon. ISBN 1-59880-063-9. paperback 
  • Lasdun, James (21 January 2013), "The Chronicle review", The Chronicle of higher education  |contribution= ignored (help).



  1. ^ [1] Book review by Jenny Turner in The Guardian
  2. ^ http://search.findmypast.co.uk/results/world-records/england-and-wales-births-1837-2006?firstname=james&lastname=lasdun&eventyear=1958&eventyear_offset=2
  3. ^ Rowntree, Diana (12 January 2001). "Sir Denys Lasdun". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Berlinale: 2000 Programm". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 
  5. ^ Birnbaum, Identity Theory (interview) .
  6. ^ http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/07/doris-lessing-and-the-perils-of-the-pseudonymous-novel.html
  7. ^ "Book review", The Guardian, London, UK, 1999-05-29 .
  8. ^ "Who Killed Bogomil Trumilcik?", New York Review of Books, 2002-05-09, retrieved 17 February 2014 .
  9. ^ Lasdun 2013.
  10. ^ Online version is titled "My dentist's murder trial".
  11. ^ Writers Institute website
  12. ^ The Short Story (UK) website