“A world writer”

John Linklater, Sunday Herald

“Nicholas Shakespeare is one of those writers who can do anything”

Peter Craven, Sydney Morning Herald

“One of our best and truest novelists”

The Times

“Enviably good”

Louis de Bernieres, Sunday Times

“One of the best English novelists of our time”

Allan Massie, Wall Street Journal

Nicholas Shakespeare


Nicholas Shakespeare is the author of seven novels, including The Vision of Elena Silves (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and Betty Trask Award); The High Flyer, for which he was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, 1993; and The Dancer Upstairs, which was chosen as the Best Novel of 1997 by the American Libraries Association, and in 2001 made into a film by John Malkovich.

His non-fiction includes the critically acclaimed authorized biography of Bruce Chatwin; In Tasmania, winner of the 2007 Tasmania Book Prize; Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France; and Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Nicholas Shakespeare’s new novel The Sandpit will be published on 23rd July 2020.

The Sandpit

Nicholas Shakespeare’s new novel The Sandpit will be published on 23rd July 2020

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“A remarkable contemporary thriller – with shades of Graham Greene and Le Carré about it – but also a profound and compelling investigation of a hugely complex human predicament. Brilliantly observed, captivatingly written, grippingly narrated – a triumph”

William Boyd

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