Born in Tunisia, brought up in a small post-industrial town in Belgium, then educated in the UK, where he was Englished until the age of 18. Studied at Cambridge, York and Oxford, and now at Oxford University.
Patrick McGuinness writes fiction, poetry and non-fiction. His novel, The Last Hundred Days, was longlisted for the Man Booker, and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Authors' Club Prize, and won the Writers' Guild Award for fiction and the Wales Book of the Year. In French it was shortlisted for the prix Fémina and Médicis étrangers.
His memoir Other People's Countries was shortlisted for the James Tait Black and the PEN Ackerley award, and won the Duff Cooper Prize and the Wales Book of the Year.
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Other People's Countries, 2014, Jonathan Cape
The Last Hundred Days, 2011, Seren
Jilted City, 2010, Carcanet
The Canals of Mars, 2004, Carcanet