Nick Harkaway

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Nick Harkaway
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BornNicholas Cornwell
1972 (age 48–49)
Cornwall, England
OccupationNovelist, commentator
Notable worksThe Gone-Away World, Angelmaker, The Blind Giant, Gnomon
RelativesJohn Le Carré (father)

Nicholas Cornwell (born 1972), better known by his pen name Nick Harkaway, is a British novelist and commentator. He is the author of the novels The Gone-Away World, Angelmaker, Tigerman, and Gnomon; and a non-fiction study of the digital world, The Blind Giant: Being Human in a Digital World.


Harkaway was born Nicholas Cornwell in Cornwall, England. He is the son of Valérie Jane Eustace and author John le Carré.[1]

Harkaway was educated at the independent University College School in North London,[2] and Clare College, Cambridge, where he studied philosophy, sociology and politics and took up Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu. He worked in the film industry before becoming an author.[3]


The Gone-Away World[edit]

The Gone-Away World (2009) is Harkaway's first novel. Originally titled The Wages of Gonzo Lubitsch,[4] it concerns a number of ex-special forces operatives turned truckers who are hired to perform a dangerous mission in a post-apocalyptic world.[1]


Angelmaker (2013) is a spy thriller detailing a clockmaker's attempt to stop a Cold War era doomsday weapon.


Tigerman (2014) concerns a superhero origin story on an impoverished and doomed tropical island.


Gnomon (2017) deals with a state that exerts ubiquitous surveillance on its population. A detective investigates a murder through unconventional methods that leads to questions about her society's very nature.


The Blind Giant (2012), Harkaway's first work of non-fiction, dealt with the effect of digital change on society and what it means to be human.

Views on Google Book settlement[edit]

Harkaway has been an outspoken critic of the Google Book Search Settlement Agreement, posting on his blog,[5] speaking out on BBC Radio’s The World at One in May 2009, and appearing on a television debate with Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Tom Watson MP in September 2009.


  1. ^ a b Jones, Philip (April 15, 2011). "John Murray picks up Harkaway on digital". The Bookseller. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  2. ^ "I blame the schools". Futurebook. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
  3. ^ "Nick Harkaway | Conville and Walsh Literary Agents". Retrieved 2012-07-17.
  4. ^ Harkaway, Nick (12 November 2008). "Your cities are now hours". Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Google Crunch Time". Nick Harkaway. Retrieved 2012-02-14.

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