Richard
Beard

The Day That Went Missing is Published
​ by Harvill Secker​ Books on April 6th 2017

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  • 03May

    “If you wish to converse with me,” said Voltaire, “define your terms.” A definition of terms is the boring, necessary

  • 03May

    I was asked to write an Opinion piece for the Observer about reaction to the publication of The Day that

  • 11Apr

    This is a new piece that I wrote for the Guardian family section. It's based on a photo that gets

  • 27Mar

    I wrote a piece about how my early-century rugby reports for Midsomer Norton rugby club found their way into one

  • 26Mar

    What connects the CIA, Somerset’s Midsomer Norton Rugby Football Club and 1970s experimental literature in Paris? Easy. The answer has

  • 22Mar

    Judging is now under way for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious literary award. Honoured to be on the

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About Richard Beard

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Richard Beard’s six novels include Lazarus is Dead, Dry Bones and Damascus, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In the UK he has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. His latest novel Acts of the Assassins was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize in 2015. He is also the author of four books of narrative non-fiction, including his 2017 memoir The Day That Went Missing. Formerly Director of The National Academy of Writing in London, he is a Visiting Professor (2016/17) at the University of Tokyo, and has a Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia.  In 2017 he is a juror for Canada’s Scotiabank Giller Prize.
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