Neil Hanson

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It's been a long and winding road... since graduating with a degree in philosophy (now that's useful...) I've been by turns plasterer's mate, holiday camp redcoat, ice cream salesman, exhibition organiser, art critic, rugby league commentator, freelance journalist, editor of the Good Beer Guide, owner of the highest pub in Great Britain and - finally! - a full-time author. It may not be an ideal career path, but it's given me a wealth of experiences that I draw on constantly in my own work.

I'm the author of over 50 published books. Under my own name I usually write narrative non-fiction a.k.a. popular history (though my sales figures suggest that it's never quite as popular as I'd like it to be...), but I have also written a serious novel,
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I've been on an intermittent book tour since the start of August but, barring a couple of "outliers" next year, I reach the end of it on Thursday and Friday (12 and 13 November) with the last two dates. The first is where it all began - the story if not the book tour - with a date at Britain's highest inn, www.tanhillinn.com, where I'm looking forward to renewing some old acquaintances and maki... Read more of this blog post »
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"Had a fine Literary Lunch this week, courtesy of the Yorkshire Post, and as well as tooting my own trumpet to promote The Inn at the Top (in a modest and unassuming way, naturally...) I really enjoyed listening to the two other speakers. Mary Shee..." Read more of this blog post »
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What can we say that hasn't been said already? A great read, with a vivid sense of place, subtle characterisation and absolutely convincing dialogue. He, Neil Hanson, has only one complaint: she, Hilary Mantel's habit of writing "He, Cromwell, said.. ...more
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Underworld by Don DeLillo
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A novel of towering scope and ambition, brilliantly achieved.
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Rites of Passage by William Golding
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Genius - with Close Quarters and Fire Down Below, it forms Golding's epic, claustrophobic trilogy set aboard a tall ship making for Australia. Characters, dialogue, plotting, sense of place - everything is pitch perfect.
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Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
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If you like dark - and I do - then you will love Cormac McCarthy, and it doesn't come darker than Blood Meridian... except possibly The Road
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Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son by Gordon Burn
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Terrifyingly good in every way
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Black Earth by Andrew Meier
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Vivid portrait of post-Soviet Russia, a journey through the landscape that also explores the shattered dreams of its people
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