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Rupert Thomson FRSL (born 1955) is an English writer of fiction and non-fiction.
He was born as Rupert Farquhar-Thomson in 1955 in Eastbourne, East Sussex, England. His mother died when he was eight. Following this he was educated as a boarder at Christ's Hospital School. At the age of seventeen, he was awarded a scholarship to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he studied Medieval History and Political Philosophy. He worked as a copywriter in London from 1978 to 1982, before abandoning his job to write full-time.
His first novel, Dreams of Leaving, was bought by Liz Calder, and published by Bloomsbury in June 1987. "When someone writes as well as Thomson does," the New Statesman said, "it makes you wonder why other people bother", while Nicholas Lezard in the Guardian described the novel as "one of the most haunting, resonant and clever parables about England that you'll ever read."
Thomson has written ten novels. His third novel, Air and Fire, which was set in Baja California in the late nineteenth century, was shortlisted for the Writers' Guild Fiction Book of the Year. His fourth novel, The Insult, was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize, and appeared on a list of 100 must-read books chosen by David Bowie. His sixth novel, The Book of Revelation, was made into a feature film in 2006 by the Australian writer/director, Ana Kokkinos. Two years later, his eighth novel, Death of a Murderer was shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year.
With his 2010 memoir, This Party's Got to Stop, he ventured into non-fiction for the first time, and explored events surrounding his father's death, and his complex relationship with his brothers and his extended family. This Party's Got to Stop won the Writers' Guild Non Fiction Book of the Year.
His latest novel, Never Anyone But You, is scheduled for release by Other Press in the US and Corsair in the UK on 5 June 2018.
Thomson has lived in several cities throughout the world, including West Berlin, New York, Rome, Sydney and Barcelona. He currently lives in South London.
- Dreams of Leaving, 1987
- The Five Gates of Hell, 1991
- Air and Fire, 1993
- The Insult, 1996
- Soft, 1998
- The Book of Revelation, 1999
- Divided Kingdom, 2005
- Death of a Murderer, 2007
- Secrecy, 2013
- Katherine Carlyle, 2015
- Never Anyone But You (2018)
- This Party's Got to Stop, 2010
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