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EDWARD WILSON-LEE

Agent:  Isobel Dixon

Biography: Edward Wilson-Lee is 1596 Fellow in English at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he teaches Renaissance Literature. After growing up in the US, Kenya, and Switzerland, he studied in London, New York, Oxford and Cambridge and lived in Zimbabwe, Mexico and the United States in between.

He writes on books, travel and history, and he has been awarded numerous Fellowships to support his work, including from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Foundation. He has published two books, SHAKESPEARE IN SWAHILILAND and THE CATALOGUE OF SHIPWRECKED BOOKS, and is working on a third title, due for publication in 2021. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two sons.

‘A masterly literary detective adventure...a compelling read’ -  Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

One of The Bookseller's Top 6 Shakespeare picks for 2016 - 'a striking literary debut'

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THE CATALOGUE OF SHIPWRECKED BOOKS  Biography, 416 pages HarperCollins, May 2018  This is the scarcely believable – and wholly true – story of Christopher Columbus' bastard son Hernando, who sought to equal and surpass his father's achievements by creating a universal library. His father sailed across the ocean to explore the known boundaries of the world for the glory of God, Spain and himself. His son Hernando sought instead to harness the vast powers of the new printing presses to assemble the world’s knowledge in one place, his library in Seville.

THE CATALOGUE OF SHIPWRECKED BOOKS

Biography, 416 pages
HarperCollins, May 2018

This is the scarcely believable – and wholly true – story of Christopher Columbus' bastard son Hernando, who sought to equal and surpass his father's achievements by creating a universal library. His father sailed across the ocean to explore the known boundaries of the world for the glory of God, Spain and himself. His son Hernando sought instead to harness the vast powers of the new printing presses to assemble the world’s knowledge in one place, his library in Seville.

SHAKESPEARE IN SWAHILILAND  HarperCollins UK, March 2016/FSG US, Sep 2016 History, 304 pages  Published to commemorate 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in April 2016, a breathtaking exploration into Shakespeare as a Global poet. This radical, breath-taking book combines travel, history, biography and satire in an ode to Shakespeare.

SHAKESPEARE IN SWAHILILAND

HarperCollins UK, March 2016/FSG US, Sep 2016
History, 304 pages

Published to commemorate 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in April 2016, a breathtaking exploration into Shakespeare as a Global poet. This radical, breath-taking book combines travel, history, biography and satire in an ode to Shakespeare.