Neil Griffiths (novelist)

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Neil Griffiths, 2017

Neil Griffiths is a British novelist, and the founder of the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses. He is the winner of the Authors' Club First Novel Award, and has been shortlisted for best novel in the Costa Book Awards.

Early life[edit]

Neil Griffiths was born in south London, and grew up in "various places in the South East of England".[1]

Career[edit]

Griffiths has worked in television, and has written for BBC Radio 4.[2]

His first novel, Betrayal in Naples, won the Authors' Club First Novel Award, and Saving Caravaggio was shortlisted for the best novel in the Costa Book Awards (formerly the Whitbread Prize).[3][4]

In 2016, Griffiths launched the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses, to celebrate "small presses producing brilliant and brave literary fiction" in the UK and Ireland, with £2,000 of his own money, and he is hoping other authors will add to this, to get the prize up to about £10,000.[3] The Prize has received support from the Times Literary Supplement, and funding from the Arts Council, and the winner will receive at least £5,000, and all shortlisted books £1,000.[5] The longlist was announced in December 2017.[6]

Until 2016, Griffiths himself had been published by Penguin, a large publisher, and announced that his next novel, As a God Might Be (then provisionally called Family of Love), would be placed with a small publisher - it was published by Dodo Ink in 2017.[3][4][4] In 2017, a passage from As a God Might Be made the shortlist for the Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award.[7]

Griffiths blogs on literary matters for The Guardian.[8]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Betrayal in Naples (Penguin, London, 2004)
  • Saving Caravaggio (Penguin, London, 2007)
  • As a God Might Be (Dodo Ink, 2017)

Personal life[edit]

He lives in London.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview - Neil Griffiths - Author of the Week - BookBlast® Diary". bookblast.com. 8 October 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Neil Griffiths". www.penguin.co.uk. Retrieved 9 December 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Flood, Alison (22 February 2016). "'We need small presses': author launches new award to support fiction from small publishers". Retrieved 9 December 2017 – via www.theguardian.com. 
  4. ^ a b c "New Neil Griffiths novel to Dodo Ink - The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com. Retrieved 9 December 2017. 
  5. ^ "TLS and Arts Council back Republic of Consciousness Prize - The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com. Retrieved 9 December 2017. 
  6. ^ Graham-Brown., Theo. "The Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses: Longlist Announcement". Review 31. Retrieved 9 December 2017. 
  7. ^ Flood, Alison (23 November 2017). "Judges admit this year's Bad sex award entries are 'quite good'". Retrieved 9 December 2017 – via www.theguardian.com. 
  8. ^ "Neil Griffiths". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "Neil Griffiths". Dodo Ink. Retrieved 9 December 2017. 

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