Jim Crace is the prize-winning author of ten books, including Continent (winner of the 1986 Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize), Quarantine (winner of the 1998 Whitbread Novel of the Year and shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and Being Dead (winner of the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award). He lives in Birmingham.
It was while working as a journalist that Crace began writing short stories. In 1986, he published Continent to critical acclaim, winning the Whitbread First Novel of the Year Award, the David Higham Prize for Fiction, and the Guardian Fiction prize. Over the years, the Booker Prize-nominated author has gained a huge popular and critical following by virtue of his distinctive, hypnotic prose style.
His Stories Are Like Paintings
Jim Crace grew up along London's northern perimeter in a housing estate that felt like the last building before the countryside began. Crace developed an edgeland imagination that has powered his writing ever since, attracting him to dramatic showdowns between clashing values. His characters typically face some encroaching, inhospitable new order, as in Harvest," his glorious new novel, where they must scramble to adapt or be mowed down.