Richard Beard

Richard has published four novels including X 20 A Novel of (not) Smoking (1996), Dry Bones (2004), and Damascus (1999), which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His new novel Lazarus is Dead will be out from Harvill Secker in August 2011.

In 2008 he was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, and in 2010 longlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.

He has also written three books of non-fiction.  Muddied Oafs, The Last Days of Rugger (2003), was shortlisted for the British Sports Book Awards, while Manly Pursuits (2006) is very popular in the excellent municipal library of Manly, Australia.

Richard is Director of The National Academy of Writing.

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