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Gregory Norminton

Agent: Isobel Dixon

Biography: Novelist, actor, playwright, and environmental activist, born in 1976. Several short stories and dramatisations have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and he has completed a short story collection THE POISON TREE (Ms available, Russia: AST^). Was on the Iowa International Writers Programme, and Writer in Residence at Magdalene, Cambridge. His books are SHIP OF FOOLS (UK: Sceptre and six languages), ARTS AND WONDERS (UK: Sceptre, France: Grasset, Russia: AST, Serbia: Laguna), GHOST PORTRAIT (UK: Sceptre, France: Grasset, Russia: AST) and SERIOUS THINGS (UK: Sceptre, France: Grasset, Romania: RAO) . He now lives in Edinburgh. 

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SERIOUS THINGS Literary Fiction. 282 pages Sceptre - January 24, 2008 Shortlisted for the Robin Jenkins Literary Award, 2009. Longlisted for World Book Day ’50 Best Books to Talk About’, 2009. In a 1990s boarding school, 13-year-old Bruno and fellow outsider Anthony, a glamorous yet troubled boy, are encouraged by an idealistic English teacher to explore the 'more serious things' in life.  

SERIOUS THINGS

Literary Fiction. 282 pages
Sceptre - January 24, 2008

Shortlisted for the Robin Jenkins Literary Award, 2009.
Longlisted for World Book Day ’50 Best Books to Talk About’, 2009.

In a 1990s boarding school, 13-year-old Bruno and fellow outsider Anthony, a glamorous yet troubled boy, are encouraged by an idealistic English teacher to explore the 'more serious things' in life.

 

GHOST PORTRAIT Historical fiction, 208 pages Sceptre, 9 May 2005 1680: Blind, ageing painter Nathaniel Deller is cared for by his spirited yet youthful daughter in Kent. One night he calls for former pupil William Stroud and gives him a momentous commission: to complete the only portrait of Deller's wife, begun before her death and Deller's blindness robbed him of the ability to capture her likeness for posterity.

GHOST PORTRAIT

Historical fiction, 208 pages
Sceptre, 9 May 2005

1680: Blind, ageing painter Nathaniel Deller is cared for by his spirited yet youthful daughter in Kent. One night he calls for former pupil William Stroud and gives him a momentous commission: to complete the only portrait of Deller's wife, begun before her death and Deller's blindness robbed him of the ability to capture her likeness for posterity.

ARTS AND WONDERS Literary Fiction, 496 pages Sceptre, new edition 1 September 2004 ‘In the wake of our ribald dwarf are a family of werewolves, an English alchemist, mercenaries, quacks, tarts and a circus… Its determined earthiness is balanced by Gregory Norminton’s expansive prose, his erudite wit and deft orchestration of the phantasmagoria he conjures.’ -- Times Literary Supplement    

ARTS AND WONDERS

Literary Fiction, 496 pages
Sceptre, new edition 1 September 2004

‘In the wake of our ribald dwarf are a family of werewolves, an English alchemist, mercenaries, quacks, tarts and a circus… Its determined earthiness is balanced by Gregory Norminton’s expansive prose, his erudite wit and deft orchestration of the phantasmagoria he conjures.’ -- Times Literary Supplement  

 

THE SHIP OF FOOLS Literary fiction, 278 pages Sceptre, 21 March 2002 Inspired and named after the painting by Bosch. In Chaucerian style, the fools on the purgatorial ship bicker and vie for attention, creating a compendium of interrelated stories. Fans of Borges, Calvino, Rushdie and Grass will enjoy the Baroque relish of the weird and the wonderful.

THE SHIP OF FOOLS

Literary fiction, 278 pages
Sceptre, 21 March 2002

Inspired and named after the painting by Bosch. In Chaucerian style, the fools on the purgatorial ship bicker and vie for attention, creating a compendium of interrelated stories. Fans of Borges, Calvino, Rushdie and Grass will enjoy the Baroque relish of the weird and the wonderful.