Adam Thorpe

Adam Thorpe ( born December 5, 1956 in Paris, France ) is a British writer whose works include dramas, short stories and poetry.


Adam Thorpe grew up in India, Lebanon, Cameroon and England. Thorpe's father Bernard Naylor Thorpe worked for Pan Am and his mother Sheila Greenlees Thorpe for NATO.

In 1979, Thorpe completed his studies in Oxford ( Magdalen College). He studied with renowned poets and scholars such as John Fuller, Emrys Jones and Bernard O'Donoghue. After studying Thorpe went to the Desmond Jones School of Mime and learned acting. At the same time he was co-founder of Equinox Travelling Theatre and toured with his group from 1980 to 1986 by the Berkshire - Wiltshire area of ​​England, where they were offering workshops and at local schools. Also taught Thorpe theater at East London College from 1983 to 1987 and lectured in English at the Polytechnic of Central London from 1987 until 1990. Thorpe married in 1985 and went to France. Thorpe has three children.

Works and work

His works brought Thorpe worldwide appreciation for their experimentalism one. His debut, the novel Ulverton (1992 ), became a bestseller, and is a panoramic picture of English rural history. Ulverton was published with great success and the writer John Fowles was in The Guardian (28 May 1992) declares: "(...) the most interesting first novel I have read prosthesis load- years". The work consists of 12 loosely connected stories over a period of 350 years, in which plays the story of a rural village and its inhabitants. Different narrative forms of dense prose dialect forms of modern screenplay come here to carry. Not infrequently came in Ulverton in reviews related to the linguistic intensity, a comparison to James Joyce's Ulysses on. Still " Ulverton " the stuff is awarded to a modern classic and is object of study of English. The book won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize in 1992. Ulverton, often considered untranslatable, was published in several languages ​​, the German translator Hans Wolf received the Ledig-Rowohlt Translation Prize for Ulverton.

Thorpe's cosmopolitan background, and his residence in France reflects not only the poetry again and again in his numerous novels and short stories resist, especially with Europe and the UK in particular are subject to critical scrutiny.

To be published in 2007 novel Between Each Breath ( clock skew ) has been translated into German, and provides a critical view of British society dar.

The 2004 published novel The Rules of Perspective ( The rules of perspective ) was also translated into German and is also a war novel, as well as philosophy of art. The action takes place in a German museum during the Second World War from and confronts the art with an extreme situation. Thorpe's Hodd novel was published in 2009. Hodd rolls the mystery of Robin Hood again on, offers over 400 footnotes, which surprises and presents itself as the translation of a Latin manuscript. Thorpe also writes short stories, including for the BBC ( radio) and participated in 2009 included in the project " Parc stories - stories from the Royal Parks", in which eight well-known British writers were involved and wrote to one of a eight London parks a short story. Adam Thorpe was responsible for the Hyde Park in this context with the short story Direct Hit.



  • Mornings in the Baltic (1988) ( poetry)
  • Meeting Montaigne ( 1990) ( poetry)
  • Ulverton (1992) ( novel)
  • Still ( 1995) ( novel)
  • Pieces of Light ( 1998) ( novel)
  • From the Neanderthal ( 1999) ( poetry)
  • Shifts ( 2000) ( collection of short stories )
  • Nineteen Twenty-One ( 2001) ( novel)
  • No Telling ( 2003) ( novel)
  • Nine Lessons From the Dark ( 2003) ( poetry)
  • The Rules of Perspective ( 2005) ( novel)
  • Is This The Way You Said? ( 2006) ( collection of short stories )
  • Between Each Breath ( 2007) ( novel)
  • Birds with a Broken Wing ( 2007) ( poetry)
  • The Standing Pool ( 2008) ( novel)
  • Hodd ( 2009) ( novel)