Paul Kingsnorth

Writing, and some other follies

Wake cover The Wake

“A literary triumph.”
The Guardian

kidland Kidland

“I am blown away by Kidland. It is extraordinary.”
Jay Griffiths

manifesto Uncivilisation

“This unique initiative may challenge your way of thinking.”
Huffington Post

real_england Real England

“A watershed study, a crucially important book.”
The Independent

oneno One No, Many Yeses

“Accessible, impassioned and persuasive.”

Paul Kingsnorth Welcome to my website. In these dusty e-stacks I store essays, books, poetry, strange maps, scrappy jottings, diaries and other yellowing papers. Enjoy rummaging.


The Wake

My fiction debut The Wake, published in 2014, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Folio Prize, shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and won the Gordon Burn Prize. A tale of lost gods, fractured lives and haunted fens, set during the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, The Wake is written throughout entirely in its own language – a shadow version of Old English made intelligible for the modern reader.

Reviewing it in The Guardian, novelist Adam Thorpe described The Wake as ‘a literary triumph.’ Philip Pullman has described the book as ‘extraordinary’, Heathcote Williams has called it ‘an astonishing feat of imagination’, and Jay Griffiths says it is ‘an extraordinary, orginal and spellbinding book.’ Also writing in The Guardian, Lucy Mangan said that reading The Wake was ‘to be immersed in the past and in a story in a way that I haven’t really felt since childhood’, and called it ’the most glorious experience I’ve had with a book in years.’

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