Francis Spufford has been working full-time as a writer since 1990. As well as editing two highly-praised literary anthologies, he is the author of three books. I May Be Some Time (1995) was a cultural history of the British obsession with polar exploring, The Child That Books Built (2002) was a memoir of a childhood as a compulsive reader, and Backroom Boys (2003) was a portrait of the de-industrialisation as seen through the experience of engineers. He sees non-fiction as a literature which is as rich and important as the novel, and as open to ambitious thinking. As well as reviewing books, he broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. He has won prizes including the Somerset Maugham Award, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year prize, and the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year. In 2004 he was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize. He lives in Cambridge.
Recorded at Greenbelt 2010: 10.00 Saturday, The Hub
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