Richard Beard's six novels include Lazarus is Dead, Dry Bones and Damascus, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His most recent novel, Acts of the Assassins, was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, and he is the author of four books of narrative non-fiction, including the 2017 memoir The Day That Went Missing.
Formerly Director of The National Academy of Writing in London, he is a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo, and has a Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia.
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The Day That Went Missing, 2017, Harvill Secker
Acts of the Assassins, 2015, Harvill Secker
Lazarus is Dead, 2011, Harvill Secker
Becoming Drusilla, 2009, Harvill Secker
Manly Pursuits, 2006, Yellow Jersey
Dry Bones, 2004, Secker and Warburg
Muddied Oafs, 2003, Yellow Jersey
The Cartoonist, 2000, Bloomsbury
Damascus, 1998, Flamingo HarperCollins
X 20, 1996, Flamingo HarperCollins
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