James Lasdun

June 30, 2008

About

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This is the official website of the writer James Lasdun, and the only reliably accurate source of information about his work.

James Lasdun was born in London in 1958 and now lives in the US. He has published two novels, four collections of poetry and four books of short stories, including the selection The Siege, the title story of which was made into a film by Bernardo Bertolucci (Besieged). His most recent book is a memoir, Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked (2013). With Jonathan Nossiter he co-wrote the films Sunday, which won Best Feature and Best Screenplay awards at Sundance, and Signs and Wonders, starring Charlotte Rampling and Stellan Skarsgaard. With Michael Hofmann he edited the anthology After Ovid: New Metamorphoses. With his wife Pia Davis he has written two guide books, Walking and Eating in Tuscany and Umbria, and Walking and Eating in Provence. His essays and reviews have appeared in Harper’s, Granta, The London Review of Books, The New York Times and The Guardian.

His work has been widely translated and won numerous awards (see ‘awards and citations’), including the inaugural BBC National Short Story Award. He has been a finalist for the T.S.Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize and the LA Times Book Prize. His first novel, The Horned Man, was a New York Times Notable Book, and his second, Seven Lies, was longlisted for the Booker Man Prize.

Critical appraisals of his work include reviews by James Wood in The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/1999/may/29/books.guardianreview18) and Gabriele Annan in the New York Review of Books (http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2002/may/09/)

“James Lasdun seems to be one of the secret gardens of English writing…when we read him we know what language is for… Lasdun is a poet, and of course, one would expect, on his part, an enlarged attention to prose. It is easy to forget how very ordinary most contemporary prose-writers are… Lasdun’s prose, by contrast, is neither too fancy nor too regular. It is flexible, rich, metaphorical, and lovely… In sentence after sentence, the reader feels Lasdun’s words shaping and then freely donating a world to us, with great flexible artistry.” James Wood, The Guardian

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