Lawrence Norfolk is the author of four historical novels which have been translated into twenty-four languages.
Born in London in 1963, Norfolk moved with his parents to Iraq in the following year.
Evacuated following the Six Day War in 1967, he grew up in the West Country of England.
While studying English and American Literature at Kings College, London, he began writing
his first novel, “Lemprière’s Dictionary” which was published in 1991.
His second, “The Pope’s Rhinoceros” (1996) was written while living in Chicago and
his third “In the Shape of a Boar” (2001) on his return to Britain.
His fourth novel, “John Saturnall’s Feast”, tells the story of a cook in seventeenth century England.
It will be published in September 2012.
He is the winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and the Budapest Festival Prize for Literature
and his work has been short-listed for the Impac Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Award and the Wingate/Jewish Quarterly Prize for Literature.
In 1993 he was listed as one of Granta magazine’s Twenty Best of Young British Writers.