Jim Crace

James “Jim” Crace is an award-winning English writer. His novel Quarantine won the Whitbread Novel award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Harvest won the International Impac Dublin Literary Award, James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Crace grew up in Forty Hill, an area at the far northern point of Greater London, close to Enfield where Crace attended Enfield Grammar School. He studied for a degree at the Birmingham College of Commerce (now part of Birmingham City University), where he was enrolled as an external student of the University of London. After securing a BA (Hons) in English Literature in 1968, he travelled overseas with the UK organization Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), working in Sudan. Two years later he returned to the UK, and worked with the BBC, writing educational programmes. From 1976 to 1987 he worked as a freelance journalist for The Daily Telegraph and other newspapers.

Books in order of publication:


Continent, Heinemann, 1986,  (seven stories)

The Gift of Stones, Secker & Warburg, 1988

Arcadia, Jonathan Cape, 1992

Signals of Distress,  (1994)

Quarantine (1997)

Being Dead, Viking Press, 1999


The Pesthouse  (2007)

On Heat, (2008)

All That Follows, Picador, 2010

Harvest, Picador, 2013

The Melody, Picador, 2018

eden, Picador, 2022

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