Thank you for being interested in my novels. This website introduces them and gives access to my research material and process, in case you prefer to join the dots in your own way. Do leave comments, to which I’ll respond. You can also read excerpts from my books, including work in progress.
My new novel, EVERYONE BRAVE IS FORGIVEN, is nearly finished. My previous books are INCENDIARY (2005), LITTLE BEE (2008), and GOLD (2012). (In the UK, ‘Little Bee’ is called THE OTHER HAND). My stories are about people at both extremes of the human experience: refugees, the bereaved, the elite, the embattled. I try to make them elegant and readable.
The novels have all been bestsellers, including a New York Times #1. They have won prizes and been published in many countries. There have been movie and stage adaptations. I don’t suppose it can last.
Some years I’m on tour a lot. I enjoy meeting readers and writers. Other years I’m at home with my family in London, working. Sometimes I go quiet for months at a time, and I don’t fully understand why. On the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator I test as INFJ.
London is my city, and much of my work is native to it. I was born in London but I don’t expect to stay here much longer. I am 41 years old and it might be time to give someone else a turn.
I like novels because they restore the sense of wonder that the daily news sucks out. I think the winning trick of a novel is its ability to grow on you slowly. People do grow slowly. Lives change overnight, but the character responds in its own time. A deep understanding of the joy and the horror of life belongs to those prepared to navigate 140 thousand words.
I think highly of my readers, and when I’m working well I feel that I’m writing up to them. People sometimes respond to my work by sending stories from their lives, which I love reading. Every now and then, two readers meet at one of my events and end up as a couple. That is my favourite kind of book review.
If you have read one of my books, thank you. If you’re thinking of doing so, I hope very much that you’ll enjoy it.