Lawrence Norfolk

Agent:  Isobel Dixon

Biography: Lawrence Norfolk is the best-selling author of four literary historical novels which have been translated into 24 languages. He was born in London in 1963 but moved with his parents to Iraq shortly after. They were evacuated following the Six Day War in 1967 and he grew up in the West Country of England. He lives in London with his wife and sons.

He is the winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and the Budapest Festival Prize for Literature and his work has been short-listed for the Impac Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Award and the Wingate/Jewish Quarterly Prize for Literature. In 1992 he was listed as one of Granta magazine's 20 'Best of Young British Writers'. In the same year he reported on the war in Bosnia for NEWS magazine of Austria. His journalism and reviews have appeared in newspapers and magazines throughout Europe and America.          

His most recent novel, JOHN SATURNALL'S FEAST was published by Bloomsbury in the UK and Grove Atlantic in the US in 2012, and subsequently in many translated editions.

'Lawrence Norfolk is a genius' - Louis de Bernieres

'Just about ahead of everyone in his generation of English novelists' - Observer

'Historical novelist extraordinaire' - Guardian
 

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 JOHN
SATURNALL'S FEAST  Literary fiction, 410pp 
Bloomsbury Publishing plc - September 2012  JOHN SATURNALL'S FEAST charts one
man's life through kitchens and bedchambers, battlefields and ancient magical
woods. A rich, complex and mesmerising story of seventeenth century life, love
and war.

 

JOHN SATURNALL'S FEAST

Literary fiction, 410pp
Bloomsbury Publishing plc - September 2012

JOHN SATURNALL'S FEAST charts one man's life through kitchens and bedchambers, battlefields and ancient magical woods. A rich, complex and mesmerising story of seventeenth century life, love and war.  

 IN THE SHAPE OF A BOAR  Literary fiction, 360 pages 
Phoenix - August 2, 2001  This astonishing novel begins with the myth of the hunt of
the boar of Kalydon. But a different story is buried in the ancient sources:
treachery amongst the hunters and a destructive love affair. 3.5 millennia
later, this version is re-enacted in the final chaotic months of the 2nd World
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IN THE SHAPE OF A BOAR

Literary fiction, 360 pages
Phoenix - August 2, 2001

This astonishing novel begins with the myth of the hunt of the boar of Kalydon. But a different story is buried in the ancient sources: treachery amongst the hunters and a destructive love affair. 3.5 millennia later, this version is re-enacted in the final chaotic months of the 2nd World War.

 THE POPE'S RHINOCEROS  Literary fiction, 592 pages Harmony, September 9, 1996  In February 1516, a Portuguese ship and all its crew sank near Italy. The  Nostra Senora da Ajuda  had sailed 14,000 miles from the Indian kingdom of Gujarat. 
Her mission: to deliver a rhinoceros to the Pope. Norfolk's 2nd novel
holds up the true history of the rhinoceros as a mirror to the fantasies and
obsessions of the Renaissance.  Straight
into  The Sunday Times  bestseller list
on UK
publication.

THE POPE'S RHINOCEROS

Literary fiction, 592 pages
Harmony, September 9, 1996

In February 1516, a Portuguese ship and all its crew sank near Italy. The Nostra Senora da Ajuda had sailed 14,000 miles from the Indian kingdom of Gujarat.  Her mission: to deliver a rhinoceros to the Pope. Norfolk's 2nd novel holds up the true history of the rhinoceros as a mirror to the fantasies and obsessions of the Renaissance.  Straight into The Sunday Times bestseller list on UK publication.

 LEMPRIERE'S DICTIONARY  Literary fiction, 656 pages Vintage, 2nd July 1992  Somerset Maugham Award for Literature. Shortlisted for the Aer Lingus International Fiction Award. Selected as a  New York Times  Notable Book of the Year.
 In the German hardback bestseller list for months, with both hardcover and
paperback editions.  A tale of how John Lempriere's classical dictionary was published in 1788.

LEMPRIERE'S DICTIONARY

Literary fiction, 656 pages
Vintage, 2nd July 1992

Somerset Maugham Award for Literature.
Shortlisted for the Aer Lingus International Fiction Award.
Selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
In the German hardback bestseller list for months, with both hardcover and paperback editions.

A tale of how John Lempriere's classical dictionary was published in 1788.