Career and background
He was born in Norwich, the son of politician Patricia Hollis and academic Martin Hollis. He has studied at the universities of Edinburgh and York. He presently lives in London, England, writing as well as serving as a tutor for the London Poetry School and working as an editor at Faber and Faber. He is a member of the international educational and cultural enhancement organisation the British Council, taking part in the Arts Council's 'First Lines' program in 2001.
Hollis has published a variety of written works. After its shortlisting for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, his first full-length collection Ground Water (Bloodaxe Books, 2004) was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award (the first time for a poetry book) and for the Whitbread Poetry Award; Ground Water was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Hollis is perhaps best known for the 2011 non-fiction book Now All Roads Lead to France, a critically acclaimed (praise appearing in The Guardian, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, and others) biography of seminal English poet Edward Thomas. The work won the 2011 H. W. Fisher Best First Biography Prize as well as the 2011 Costa Book Award for 'Best Biography'. The judges for the latter commented: "Dramatic and engrossing. A brilliant biography that moved us all."
- "Matthew Hollis". British Council Literature. British Council. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
- Textualities: Matthew Hollis interview by Benjamin Morris. Accessed 2 November 2012
- Macfarlane, Robert (5 August 2011). "Now All Roads Lead to France by Matthew Hollis – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
- O'Brien, Sean (29 July 2011). "Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas". The Independent. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
- Massie, Allan (26 October 2012). "Book Review: Now All Roads Lead to France". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
- "Costa book awards winners 2011 – in pictures". The Guardian. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
- Matthew Hollis reads from Now All Roads Lead to France - video
- Matthew Hollis at British Council: Literature
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