Adrian Mathews

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Publié le 26 mai 2010 dans Biographies

Adrian Mathews was born in 1957, and brought up in South London, the oldest of four children. His mother is Czech (from Northern Bohemia) and his father English, a nurse and artist respectively. He attended St. Benedict’s School in Ealing, West London, and won a scholarship at Cambridge University, where he read English literature. After graduating (with a double first), he remained at the University as a Bye-Fellow of his college. Throughout his years in Cambridge, he was involved in student journalism, editing a weekly magazine, writing short stories, film and theatre reviews for a number of publications and developing a life-long love of cinema.

He has taken on a variety of part-time jobs since his early teens, from assistant in a DIY store to butcher, farm hand and voice actor, though his main career was in teaching. From 1983 to 1986, he taught English language and literature in French universities. On his return to England, he worked variously as Assistant to the Director of the National Poetry Secretariat, for the BBC’s ‘Radio Times’ magazine and as a teacher at Christ’s Hospital, the 16th-century “bluecoat” foundation in West Sussex. From 1988 to July 2001 he was a lecturer in English literature at London University’s Institute of Advanced Studies in Paris, the British Institute. In addition to teaching, he has been involved in journalistic, writing, broadcasting, copywriting and translating activities. In  1994 his critical history of 19th-century English literature, Romantics and Victorians, was published in Paris.

Adrian Mathews is a former prize-winner in the UK National Poetry Competition and his poetry has appeared in a variety of publications, including London’s Literary Review and The Independent. He has also published short stories, receiving early encouragement from writer Laurie Lee who awarded him first prize in a BBC short story competition; another story, ‘The Garden of Nails’ was published in the British Council’s anthology, New Writing 9. His first novel, The Hat of Victor Noir (1996), a mystery story set in Paris, has recently been re-issued to critical and popular acclaim in French translation.  His second novel, Vienna Blood (1999), won the prestigious Crime Writer’s Association Silver Dagger Award. It was also published in the United States and translated into German, Spanish and Japanese. His third novel, The Apothecary’s House (2005), was shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming “Best Thriller of the Year Award” and translated into French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Hungarian and Lithuanian. An unabridged audio version of the novel was produced, read by the author.

La couverture du livre d'Adrian Mathews The Apothecary House

La couverture du livre d'Adrian Mathews The Apothecary House

Adrian Mathews presently works part-time as English-language advisor to the Centre for Strategic Analysis (the French Prime Minister’s policy-defining unit), and was responsible for the English text of EuroWorld 2015: A European Strategy for Globalisation (2008), a book commissioned by the French government, setting forth a strategic vision for post-2010 Europe to launch the French Presidency of Europe. He is also on the Louis Vuitton “City Guide” team, teaches a weekly course on contemporary literature and writes in whatever time is left. He has travelled widely, given readings in many countries and taught creative writing at the University of Sibiu in Romania. His passions include reading, watercolour painting, world cinema, photography, cycling, walking, wining, dining and horse-riding. He has now lived more than half his life in France and, with his daughter Lizzie, divides his time between Left Bank Paris and a remote 18th-century farmhouse in the Touraine region. He is presently completing a new novel, a thriller set in the rural wilds of Upstate New York.

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