Edward Docx | British Writer

  • "Docx has a gift for assessing 'the exact shape and weight of other people’s inner selves, the architecture of their spirit' and even his most ancillary characters flare into being, vital and insistent."

    The New Yorker

  • "Docx's ability to evoke the atmosphere of a city is almost Dickensian … He can place you in each hot-stopping moment, speed up and slow down time form one sentence to the next."

    The Guardian

  • "Powerfully evoked … and beautifully crafted."

    Sunday Times

  • "Fiendish cleverness"

    The New York Times

  • "His talent for narrative is very fine indeed"

    The Guardian

  • "Reminiscent of JM Coetzee … This poisoned Eden throbs with intensity and delivers and gut punch that leaves you reeling."

    The Independent on Sunday 

  • "Deeply enjoyable … a delight"

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Pravda is a book on fire. Edward Docx’s novel is written with a mastery and passion that summon up Dickens and Dostoevsky … a novel so vivid it glows in the dark—like truth.”

    The Washington Post

  • "As full of intellectual provocations as it is of suspenseful turns"

    The Guardian

  • “Stylish, witty and cleverly written, this is a brilliant debut novel from a fine new talent.”

    The Mail on Sunday

  • “Edward Docx does not just provide a realistic description of the St Petersburg, but allows the reader to experience it - with all its beauty and cruelty, similar to the style of Dostovesky”

    The Financial Times

  • “Docx is a virtuoso phrasemaker”

    The Independent

  • "The Calligrapher could be described as a romance of sorts, but that doesn’t do justice to a novel that is as intelligent and sophisticated as it is light and funny."

    Boston Globe

  • “Docx’s narrative is utterly compelling … this is partly due to his keen sensibility for the complexities of love, sex and art and partly to his sardonic eye for bourgeois life … a smartly written novel.”

    The Times

  • "In the end, The Calligrapher is a racy and stylish tale of comeuppance that is nearly Donnean in its density: Docx’s prose and plot continually double back on themselves in the way that Donne’s poems knot up like little erotic puzzles."

    The Los Angeles Times

  • “Docx is a talented story teller ... he delves into the internal world of his heroes and his perceptiveness and precision allow him to create memorable images.”

    The Financial Times

  • “Docx writes densely and intelligently about complex relationships among complicated people. As in his previous book the final twist is a stunner, both totally unexpected and carefully prepared for.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • "A romantic comedy of unusual depth and darkness. It combines the pleasures of traditional romantic comedy with the precision and intellectual capabilities of early Julian Barnes." 

    Independent on Sunday

  • "Docx has a stunning talent for communicating the essence of a person, group, or place in a single brushstroke that’s incisive, sometimes strange, and always evocative.”

    The Harvard Crimson

  • "Docx is a smart and farcical writer, with some delicious turns of phrase. There's no doubt that there is considerable and even ferocious talent a-bubble here"

    The Seattle Times 

  • ‘Docx is a master of disquiet, and brilliantly captures the bewildering effect of the forest in this immensely intelligent novel.’

    The Spectator

  • “Mr Docx’s ... stylishly written, pacy novel is a sexy, satisfying read.”

    The Economist 

  • "An unusually intelligent thriller that refuses to take sides ... Conrad would have rather enjoyed it."


Hello and welcome to the website of the British writer, Edward Docx.

Edward Docx’s fourth novel will be published in 2017. There is a short film about his third novel, The Devil’s Garden, here and an article in The Guardian that explains some of the background. There is a three part TV drama in development with Mandabach Productions in the UK.

His second novel – entitled Self Help in the UK and Pravda in the US – won The Geofrey Faber Prize and was 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) and The Guilford (London). There is a film of The Calligrapher slated for production in 2017.

Edward Docx’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).

His 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.

Edward Docx lives and works in London.