Paul Watkins (novelist)

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Paul Watkins
Born January 1, 1964 (1964-01) (age 54)[1]
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Alma mater Yale University (B.A.)

Paul Watkins (born January 1, 1964)[1] is an American author who currently lives with his wife, Cathy, and two children, Emma and Oliver, in Hightstown, New Jersey. He is a teacher and writer-in-residence at The Peddie School, and formerly taught at Lawrenceville School. He attended the Dragon School, Oxford, Eton[2] and Yale University. He received a B.A. from Yale and was a University Fellow at Syracuse University, New York. His recollections of his time at the Dragon School and Eton form his autobiographical work Stand Before Your God: An American Schoolboy in England (1993). He wrote his first book, Night Over Day Over Night (1988), when he was 16 years old.[3]


  • Night Over Day Over Night (1988)
  • Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn (1989) (won 1990 Encore Award)
  • In the Blue Light of African Dreams (1990)
  • The Promise of Light (1992)
  • Archangel (1995)
  • The Story of my Disappearance (1997)
  • The Forger (2000)
  • Thunder God (2004)
  • The Ice Soldier (2005)


  • Stand Before Your God: An American Schoolboy in England (1993)
  • The Fellowship of Ghosts: Travels in the Land of Midnight Sun (2006)

Recent works[edit]

Recently Watkins has begun writing a series of novels under the pseudonym Sam Eastland. His new detective series is set in Stalinist Russia with Inspector Pekkala as protagonist.

  • Eye of the Red Tsar (2010)
  • The Red Coffin (UK title) / Shadow Pass (US title) (2011)
  • Siberian Red (UK title) / Archive 17 (US title) (2012)
  • The Red Moth (2013)
  • The Beast in the Red Forest (2014)
  • Red Icon (2015)
  • Berlin Red (2016)


  1. ^ a b Paul Watkins (Author of Stand Before Your God)
  2. ^ Hofmann, Michael (7 October 1993). "Don't Blub". London Review of Books. 15 (19): 18–19. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ Audio Interview with Paul Watkins

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