|Born||Freeport, Grand Bahama Island|
|Genre||Historical fiction, literary fiction, travelogue|
The Drink and Dream Teahouse
Passing Under Heaven
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
|Notable awards||Somerset Maugham Award
Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize
Betty Trask Award
Xiaoxiang Friendship Award
Justin Hill is an English novelist whose debut novel, The Drink and Dream Teahouse, won several major awards, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Betty Trask Prize, as well as being a 2001 Washington Post Book of the Year. He has since won the Somerset Maugham Award and his latest novel, Shieldwall was a Sunday Times Book of the Year.
His work has been translated into seventeen languages and banned in China.
The British Council describes Hill as 'a novelist and travel writer with a growing international reputation, whose writing has been mostly associated with the people, culture and history of China.'. It also said that Hill 'has already shown his mastery of the historical novel. He is able to re-create ancient eras beautifully, and fully engage our sympathies for the lives and loves of his characters.'
Shieldwall is the first in the Conquest Trilogy, which chronicles the events surrounding the Battle of Hastings, in 1066.
Viking Fire is the second of the Conquest Trilogy which tells the life of Harald Hardrada.
In summer 2014 Hill was commissioned to write the novelisation of the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Legend. It was published in February 2016 by Weinstein Books.
As a member of St Cuthbert's Society, Durham University, he studied English Language and Medieval Literature. After leaving university in 1992, he worked with the VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) for seven years in rural China and Eritrea. He reviews regularly for The Times Literary Supplement and the South China Morning Post. Between 2009 and 2015 he ran the undergraduate Creative Writing course at the City University of Hong Kong.
Awards and honours
- 2001 Washington Post Notable Book, The Drink and Dream Teahouse
- 2002 Betty Trask Award, winner, The Drink and Dream Teahouse
- 2003 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, winner, The Drink and Dream Teahouse
- 2003 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award shortlist, Ciao Asmara
- 2005 Somerset Maugham Award, winner, Passing Under Heaven
- 2005 A Sunday Telegraph Book of the Year, Passing Under Heaven
- 2005 An Independent on Sunday Book of the Year, Passing Under Heaven
- 2005 Encore Award shortlist, Passing Under Heaven
- 2005 Xiaoxiang Friendship Award from the Governor of Hunan Province
- 2012 A Sunday Times Book of the Year, Shieldwall
- 2016 A Times Book of the Year, Viking Fire
- A Bend in the Yellow River (1997, ISBN 978-0-7538-0114-7)
- The Drink and Dream Teahouse (2001, ISBN 978-0-7538-1320-1)
- Ciao Asmara (2002, ISBN 978-0-349-11526-9)
- Passing Under Heaven (2004, ISBN 978-0-349-11739-3)
- Shieldwall (2011, ISBN 978-1-4087-0278-9)
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016, ISBN 978-1602862876)
- Viking Fire (2016, ISBN 978-1408702796)
- Bibliofemme Interview
- Independent On Sunday Feature
- The Globalist Feature
- Reading Notes for The Drink and Dream Teahouse
- Author's Statement On Writing
- Podcast of Justin Hill discussing “Yu Xuanji and the Tang Dynasty” at the Shanghai International Literary Festival