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1946: Jim Crace born at Brocket Hall, near
studies at the Birmingham College of Commerce as an external student of
joins the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and goes to the
returns to the
publishes his first work of prose fiction, "
1976-87: works as a freelance features journalist for the Telegraph and other newspapers. To read a sample of Crace’s journalism click here.
1976: ‘Cross-Country’ appears in the New Review. After significant revision, this story becomes the starting-point for Continent (1986).
1986: publishes Continent, his first book, a themed sequence of stories. Continent wins the Whitbread First Novel of the Year Award, the David Higham Prize for Fiction, and the Guardian Fiction prize.
1987: Continent is widely translated (to date, Crace’s work has been translated into nineteen languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish). Financial success of Continent enables Crace to leave journalism and concentrate on writing fiction.
publishes The Gift of
Stones, a novel. The Gift of Stones wins the GAP International
Prize for Literature. In
1992: publishes Arcadia, a novel. Receives the Society of Authors’ Travelling Scholarship.
1993: publishes "Hearts of Oak", a memoir of his father, in 21 (Picador, 1993). To read "Hearts of Oak", click here.
1994: publishes Signals of Distress, a novel. Signals of Distress wins the Royal Society of Literature’s Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize.
1995: publishes The Slow Digestions of the Night, a collection of five stories with a food theme, as a ‘Penguin 60’ (small format paperback). The stories are subsequently anthologised in The Penguin Collection (1995) and become the starting-point for The Devil’s Larder (published 2001).
1997: publishes Quarantine, a novel. Quarantine is shortlisted for the Booker Prize and The Writers’ Guild Best Fiction Book, and wins the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award.
Elected member of the Management Committee of the Society of Authors. Along
with other writers and artists, writes an open letter condemning ‘crude police
censorship’ in the case of the seizure of a book by Robert Mapplethorpe from
the library of the
1999: publishes Being Dead, a novel. Being Dead is shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and the Booker Prize. Elected as Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature. Quarantine shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
2000: receives Honorary Doctorate (D.Univ.)
April 27, 2000: Quarantine, adapted for the stage by Ben Payne, opens at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
2003: publishes Six, about the actor and (unwitting) father Felix Dern, a man cursed by fertility.
2007: publishes The Pest House, a love
story set in a quasi-medieval future
2008: Distinguished Writer in Residence at the James Michener Center, University of Texas, Austin.
2010: publishes All That Follows, a novel about music and the political life. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin opens its archive of Jim Crace documents (acquired in 2008).
2012: second residence at University of Texas.
2013: publishes Harvest, about the fate of an English agricultural community during the Enclosures.
2018: a new novel…!