Hello and welcome to the website of the British writer, Edward Docx.
Ed’s new novel, Let Go My Hand is published on April 20th. It is a darkly comic and deeply moving twenty-first-century love story between a son, his brothers and their father. Proofs have already gone out…
Ian Kelly, Sunday Times Biographer of the Year, has said: “There are books that change your life and there are books that seem to be your life, Let Go My Hand manages to be both and more. Full of shining truths, this is a stylish and properly laugh-out-loud funny book that also had me choking back tears in public – a book that breathes pathos and joy into every page, a book that rubs wit and wisdom into the most tender wounds of love. If art is the holding in balance of the powers of love, sex and death, then this is a truly supreme work of art.”
Paul Murray, prize winning author of Skippy Dies, has said: “It’s an outstanding novel, tremendously moving, fiercely intelligent and – even at its most heartbreaking – very, very funny. It covers so much ground, thematically and philosophically, but everyone in the book feels so real you could reach out and touch them. I think this is a really important novel, both for its impassioned plea for art/knowledge/reason and for its humane but unflinching treatment of death. Also, crucially, it is hugely enjoyable.”
Ed’s fiction have been compared to Dickens (The Guardian and The Washington Post) and to Dostoyevsky (The Financial Times and The Washington Post) – as well as to Conrad (The Sunday Times), JM Coetzee (The Independent) and Julian Barnes (The Independent). With previous novels, he has won The Geofrey Faber Prize and been long listed for the Man Booker. Amazon (USA) listed Pravda as one of the best books of the year (2008) and Docx was named as one of the 21 most gifted young writers from around the world by The Hay Festival committee. His first novel, The Calligrapher, was cited by The San Francisco Chronicle as a best book of the year (2004) and was a finalist in The William Saroyan Prize (Stanford, USA).
Ed’s non-fiction appears mainly in The Guardian and Prospect Magazine. He has been short-listed for The George Orwell Prize for Journalism and the Rowntree-Orwell Prize. He regularly appears on radio and television as a cultural commentator and he reviews fiction for The Guardian.