Mark Hudson (author)
Hudson’s books are diverse in subject matter, but united by their approach which incorporates elements of history, travel writing, cultural criticism and personal participation. As a journalist Hudson has written extensively about African music and culture, and two of his books are set in Africa. Our Grandmothers' Drums, based on a year spent living in a village in the Gambia, described the author’s personal and emotional involvement in village life with a frankness unusual in either travel writing or anthropology. ‘I have rarely read a book of greater passion or honesty,’ wrote the Sunday Times. While the book’s candidness attracted some criticism, particularly in the U.S., it won two literary awards, Thomas Cook Travel Book Award (1990) and Somerset Maugham Award (1990). The Music in my Head, a scabrous satire on the world music phenomenon, set in a fictional West African city, offended many in the world music milieu, but delighted others.
Coming Back Brockens, based on a year spent in a former mining village in the north of England – where the author’s grandfather and great-grandfather were both miners – was acclaimed in The Independent as "a pained description of an England that has all but exhausted itself". Hudson’s most recent book, Titian, the Last Days, is a personal study of the great Venetian painter Titian, focusing on his mysterious last paintings.
- NCR Book Award (now the Samuel Johnson Prize) for Coming Back Brockens.
- Thomas Cook Travel Book Award for Our Grandmothers' Drums.
- Somerset Maugham Award for Our Grandmothers' Drums.
- Our Grandmothers’ Drums (1989)
- Coming Back Brockens (1994)
- The Music in my Head (1998)
- Titian, the Last Days (2009)
- The Music in my Head (Sterns)
- The Music in my Head Vol 2 (Sterns 2002)
- Etoile de Dakar ‘Once Upon A Time In Senegal’ (Sterns) (Notes)
- Telegraph: Titian: the Last Days review by Serena Davis
- The Sunday Times: Titian: the Last Days review by Keith Miller
- The Guardian: Titian: the Last Days review by PD Smith
- The Tablet: Titian: the Last Days review by Lynn Roberts
- Author biography, Bloomsbury
- Profile, Travel Intelligence
- Review, Gam Writers: Discovery of Gambian Literature and Publications
- Mark Hudson biography (as a fellow),The Royal Literary Fund
- Bradshaw, Michael. Book Review: The Music in My Head, The Richmond Review
- Murray, Charles Shaar. Wednesday's Book, The Independent, 18 February 1998.
- Smith, PD. Review, The Guardian, 11 September 2010.
- NCR Book Award, Facebook
- Previous Winners, Thomas Cook Travel Book Award
- The Somerset Maugham Award: Past Winners, Society of Authors.
- Brookman, Mark. The Music in My Head (Stern's Africa), Artist Archive, Dancing About Architecture.
- Eyre, Banning. The Music in My Head Vol. 2, Afropop Worldwide: Music and Stories from the African Planet.
- Lusk, John. Once Upon a Time in Senegal – The Birth of Mbalax 1979-81 Review,BBC Music, 13 July 2010