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. His second novel, Beast, was shortlisted for the Encore Award for best second novel. Alexandria, the third novel in his Buckmaster trilogy,  is published by Faber in February 2021.

He is also the author of two non-fiction books, One No, Many Yeses and Real England, a semi-memoir Savage Gods, a collection of essays Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and the poetry collections, Kidland and Songs from the Blue River. He co-founded the Dark Mountain Project, a global network of writers, artists and thinkers.

Paul mentors fiction writers, has taught with Arvon and Schumacher College as well as Faber Academy, and runs Wyrd School, a writing school designed ‘to bring the human and the non-human worlds back into contact’. 

‘A furiously gifted writer’ The Washington Post

‘… there are few writers as raw or brave on the page’ Los Angeles Review of Books

England’s ‘greatest living writer’ Washington Examiner




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