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Rupert Thomson

Biography

Rupert Thomson

Rupert Thomson is the author of nine highly acclaimed novels, including SECRECY; THE INSULT, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and selected by David Bowie as one of his 100 Must-Read Books of All Time; THE BOOK OF REVELATION, which was made into a feature film by Ana Kokkinos; and DEATH OF A MURDERER, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award. His memoir, THIS PARTY'S GOT TO STOP, was named Writers’ Guild Non-Fiction Book of the Year. He lives in London.

Thomson’s daughter was conceived via IVF, an experience he recounts for Redbook Magazine, and which affected his journey in writing KATHERINE CARLYLE.

Rupert Thomson

Books by Rupert Thomson

by Rupert Thomson - Fiction, Historical Fiction

In the years preceding World War I, two young women meet in a provincial town in France. Suzanne Malherbe, a shy 17-year-old with a talent for drawing, is completely entranced by the brilliant but troubled Lucie Schwob, who comes from a family of wealthy Jewish intellectuals. They embark on a clandestine love affair, but then, in an astonishing twist of fate, the mother of one marries the father of the other. As “sisters” they are finally free of suspicion and move to Paris at a moment when art, literature and politics blend in an explosive cocktail. In the 1930s, with the rise of anti-Semitism and threat of fascism, they leave Paris for Jersey, creating a campaign of propaganda against Hitler’s occupying forces that will put their lives in jeopardy.

by Rupert Thomson - Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction

Unmoored by her mother’s death and feeling her father to be an increasingly distant figure, Katherine Carlyle abandons the set course of her life and starts out on a mysterious journey to the ends of the world. Instead of going to college, she disappears, telling no one where she has gone. What begins as an attempt to punish her father for his absence gradually becomes a testing ground of his love for her, a coming-to-terms with the death of her mother, and finally the mise-en-scène for a courageous leap to true empowerment.