Paul Kingsnorth


Paul Kingsnorth’s debut novel, The Wake won the Gordon Burn Prize and the Bookseller Book of the Year Award, was longlisted for the Man Booker, Folio, Walter Scott and Desmond Elliot Prizes, and shortlisted for the Goldsmith’s Prize. In 2017 his second novel, Beast, was shortlisted for the Encore Award for best second novel.

He is also the author of two non-fiction books, One No, Many Yeses and Real England, and a poetry collection, Kidland. He is co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project, a global network of writers, artists and thinkers in search of new stories for a world on the brink.



Of the Wenlock Prize, Gordon Burn Prize and The Bookseller Book of the Year


Of the first crowdfunded book to be Booker nominated


Nobody really knows what makes a book a ‘success’, and you should probably stop worrying about being a ‘success’, and just write what you are really called to write.

What people say about Paul

Few of the labels associated with environmental fiction work well. “Dystopian” or “apocalyptic” doesn’t begin to capture the rich, complex concerns of writers such as Annie Proulx, Barbara Kingsolver, Margaret Atwood or Paul Kingsnorth.
Financial Times 

Paul’s books