Patrick McGuinness

b. 1968

Patrick McGuinness was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2019.

Patrick McGuinness was born in Tunisia, of Belgian and Newcastle Irish parents. His books include The Last Hundred Days (2011), about the fall of the Ceausescu régime in Romanian, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and won the Writers’ Guild Award for Fiction and the Wales Book fo the Year. His memoir about growing up in post-industrial Belgium, Other People’s Countries, appeared in 2014 and won the Duff Cooper Prize. His new novel is Throw me to the Wolves (2019). He is also the author of two books of poems, Jilted City (Carcanet, 2010) and The Canals of Mars (2004), and an academic and translator. He lives in Caernarfon and works in Oxford.

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Encore Award 2020 – winner announced


Patrick McGuinness wins the £10,000 Encore Award 2020 for best second novel of the year with Throw Me to the Wolves (Jonathan Cape). This is the 30th year of the Award. The 2020 judges are RSL Fellows Edmund Gordon, Nikita Lalwani and Eley Williams. Pl …

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