Tom Rob Smith
|Tom Rob Smith|
Smith at the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair
|Born||1979 (age 36–37)
Tom Rob Smith (born 1979) is an English writer.
Early life and education
The son of a Swedish mother and an English father, Smith was born and raised in London. He studied at St John's College, Cambridge. Following his graduation in 2001, he received the Harper Wood Studentship for English Poetry and Literature and continued his Creative Writing studies for a year at Parvin University in Italy.
His first novel, Child 44, published in early 2008, was inspired by the true-life case of Andrei Chikatilo, who committed a series of child murders in Soviet Russia. It was awarded the 2008 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for best thriller of the year by the Crime Writers' Association, named on the long list for the 2008 Man Booker Prize, and nominated for the 2008 Costa First Novel Award (former Whitbread). In July, 2009, he won the Waverton Good Read Award for first novels and the Galaxy Book Award for Best Newcomer with Child 44. It has been translated into 36 languages and in January, 2011, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan listed it in their Book Club 100 Books of the decade. Ridley Scott optioned the film rights. A film based on the novel was announced in 2009, with Ridley Scott originally attached as director. Instead, the film was directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) while being produced by Scott and his longtime production collaborator Michael Costigan via Scott Free Productions. Child 44 stars Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Charles Dance, and Joel Kinnaman.
Smith's follow-up to Child 44, The Secret Speech, was published in April, 2009, and the final novel in the series, Agent 6, was published in July 2011. Smith's fourth book, a standalone novel entitled The Farm, was published in February 2014.
- Child 44 (2008). ISBN 978-1847371263
- The Secret Speech (2009). ISBN 978-1847371287
- Agent 6 (2011). ISBN 978-1847375674
- The Farm (2014). ISBN 978-1847375698
- London Spy (2015 debut). BBC Two
- "Tom Rob Smith's official biography".
- Peter Gurrtidge (2 March 2008). "In pursuit of a Russian Ripper: Tom Rob Smith tells how his tale of a Russian mass murderer sparked a furious bidding war". London: The Observer.
- "Tom Rob Smith Child 44 Foreign and Awards".
- Film News. "Ridley Scott Adopts Child 44". Time Out.
- "Child 44 Movie". Themovieinsider.com. 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
- "Agent 6 Synopsis".
- Midgley, Neil (8 April 2009). "Ben Stephenson Interview". London: The Telegraph.
- Official website
- "Review: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith", The Guardian, 12 April 2008.
- "The Sunday Times crime fiction selections", The Sunday Times, 25 May 2008.
- "Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith", The Independent.
- "When a Hunter Gets Captured by the Game", Newsweek, 2 May 2008.
- From soaps to Soviet murder mystery, PinkNews.co.uk, 25 March 2008.