BA in English Literature, University of Cambridge, 1985; chief publisher’s reader, Chatto & Windus Ltd, 1987-90; full-time writer, 1990-2004; writer in residence, University College London, 2004-5; Royal Literary Fund Fellow, Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) 2005-07; at Goldsmiths since 2007.
I lead one of the general workshops on the Creative Writing MA course, and also supervise for the Creative Writing PhD.
Unapologetic: Why, despite everything, Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense
The Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin
The Child That Books Built
I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination
The Chatto Book of Cabbages and Kings: Lists in Literature
Children's literature; science fiction and fantasy; economics as a form of storytelling; Russian literature; theology and literature; boundaries between fiction and non-fiction.