Richard Beard


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Richard Beard’s six novels include Lazarus is Dead, Dry Bones and Damascus, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In the UK he has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. His latest novel Acts of the Assassins was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize in 2015. He is also the author of four books of narrative non-fiction, including his 2017 memoir The Day That Went Missing. Formerly Director of The National Academy of Writing in London, he is a Visiting Professor (2016/17) at the University of Tokyo, and has a Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia. In 2017 he is a juror for Canada’s Scotiabank Giller Prize. Beard is ...more

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The Day That Went Missing

3.73 avg rating — 517 ratings — published 2017 — 10 editions
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Lazarus is Dead

3.69 avg rating — 276 ratings — published 2011 — 9 editions
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Acts of the Assassins

3.53 avg rating — 250 ratings — published 2015 — 7 editions
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X20: A Novel of "Not" Smoking

3.36 avg rating — 78 ratings — published 1997 — 9 editions
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Damascus

3.71 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 1999 — 7 editions
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Becoming Drusilla: One Life...

3.65 avg rating — 57 ratings — published 2008 — 4 editions
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Dry Bones

3.31 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 2004 — 3 editions
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Muddied Oafs: The Soul of R...

3.60 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 2003 — 4 editions
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The Cartoonist

2.73 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2000 — 2 editions
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X20

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“Thomas has privileged information about the health status of Jesus in the period after the crucifixion”
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“Miracles are disruptive. When the dust settles there is always damage done – not all the hungry are fed, and not all the sick are healed.”
Richard Beard, Lazarus is Dead

“Dying is easy. Anyone can do it. Living is the problem – Lazarus has been brought back to life and he can’t explain himself.”
Richard Beard, Lazarus is Dead

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