Justin Hill


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The first of Justin Hill's Conquest Trilogy, chronically the momentous events that surround the Battle of Hastings, in 1066, will be published in Spring 2011. 

Justin is an English novelist whose work has twice been nominated for the Man Booker Prize.  He was born in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island in 1971 and was brought up in York.  He was educated at St Peter's School, York, and was a member of  St Cuthbert's Society, Durham University. 

He worked for seven years as a volunteer with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) in rural China and Africa, before returning home to Yorkshire in 1999.  His  internationally acclaimed first novel, The Drink and Dream Teahouse, won the 2003 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and a 2002 Betty Trask Award, and banned by the government in China.   It was also picked by the Washington Post as one of the Top Novels of 2001.

His second novel, Passing Under Heaven, won the 2005 Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Encore Award.  The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Telegraph both picked it for their Christmas Recommended Reads in 2005.

Ciao Asmara, a factual account of his time in Eritrea, was shortlisted for the 2003 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. 

In December 2009, he signed a two-book deal with Little, Brown, to publish his Conquest Series.  

His work has been translated into fourteen languages. 



Justin's poetry has been published in numerous magazines, both on-line and on more conventional media. 

In 2001, Justin was listed in the Independent on Sunday's  Top 20 Young British Writers.  In October 2005 he was awarded the Xiaoxiang Friendship Award by the Governor of Hunan Province, for his services to China. 

He has taught at Hong Kong University, The Western Writer's Centre, Galway, at the Arvon Foundation, and at Shaoyang University in China.

He is currently teaching on the MFA at the City University of Hong Kong; and is Writer in Residence at Lingnan University

While not writing, Justin ran the 2001 London Marathon in 3 hours 26 minutes, on behalf of the Canon Collins Trust for Education in Southern Africa; successfully completed the Asmara-Keren Cycle, at an altitude of 2700m in 6 hours 15 mins, and is now training for his first Iron Man.



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China Daily - Jules Quartly 18th March 2009

Bibliofemme, DJ - September 2004

Cypriot Mail, Elena Fysentzou - August 2003

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Curious Quotes

Reading Passing Under Heaven you could be mistaken for thinking its an English translation of a Chinese original.  The author is in fact a Yorkshireman.  Books Ireland

If you saw him coming down the street, you might cross to avoid him.  With his shaved head and bulging biceps, Justin Hill looks more like a boxer than a writer South China Morning Post

One of our most readable, humane authors  Big Issue

Hill is a great and passionate storyteller  Independent on Sunday

Hill has all the hallmarks of a major writer. We will be hearing a lot more of him, and with luck before very long.  Taipei Times, Bradley Winterton

{Hill} understands, like Tolstoy, that human nature cannot change along with the times.  The Independent on Sunday, Edward Stern

Hill is a master storyteller  Asian Review of Books

Justin Hill knows China inside outEvery sentence is filled with knowledge, affection and a poignant sense of loss.  Washington Post