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.
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
Peter's School, York, and was a member of
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,
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.
December 2009, he signed a two-book deal with
Little, Brown, to
publish his Conquest Series.
work has been translated into fourteen languages.
Justin's poetry has been published
in numerous magazines, both on-line and on more conventional media.
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.
taught at Hong Kong University, The Western Writer's Centre, Galway,
at the Arvon Foundation, and at Shaoyang University in China.
currently teaching on the MFA at the
City University of Hong Kong;
and is Writer in Residence at
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
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