'Deck-chairs in the dark': a few thoughts on the fiction of Nobel Laureate, Patrick Modiano

Delighted to be the recipient of a UNESCO Krakow City of Literature bench plaque in planty, the city gardens encircling the old town. Awarded October 21, 2014.

Jonke's Schnitzel, James Hopkin's short story for BBC Radio 4's Vienna season will be broadcast in late December, 2014, and available online/iplayer for 30 days thereafter. Full broadcast details to follow shortly.


The award-winning story, 'Even the Crows Say Krakow' (Picador) now on Kindle for just £1.19!


James Hopkin's short story, 'The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui's Arm' was SHORTLISTED for the Manchester International Fiction Prize, October, 2013.


Ali Smith - 'James Hopkin is a writer of great grace and vitality'


Short story, 'Of all the Faces in the World, Your Face' included in the 'Somewhere' volume of this McSweeney's/Cargo Press publication, 'Elsewhere' - the anthology of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.


Winter Under Water (Picador, reprint, September, 2013; also available as an ebook/kindle)

"Sentence by sentence, image by image, there are few contemporary writers who understand words the way Hopkin does. In fact, I can think of no other. If you care about fine writing, read Winter Under Water.''

- M J Hyland, author of the Booker-shortlisted bestseller, Carry Me Down

'Picador shot' (2008, 2012) including 'Even the Crows Say Krakow' (Winner of the First Norwich Prize for Literature, 2002) and 'Apple Vapours' - print run 'Sold Out' but still available as an ebook/kindle.

'A seductive and irresistible read ...a delight in the infectious magic of words...the prose is littered with the sort of startling and poetic metaphors that continually persuade the reader to pause and savour in satisfaction...There are few first-time novelists who have an ability to conjure language to such magical effect...a winningly confident debut' (Independent on Sunday, full review )

'Impressively complex and lucid...constructed with a poetic subtlety...a modern European love story that refuses the formula of the romance...while examining the possibility of a European identity' (Times Literary Supplement, for full review please see'links')

'A chilly and atmospheric first novel...Hopkin beautifully conveys the sense of being a stranger in a strange land, struggling to reach a true understanding' (The Times)

'elegaic and satirical in the very same breath...Hopkin's treatment of place, culture and language has sensitivity and creative ardour...a romantic fascination without romanticising...his characters affirm that there is still a passionate seriousness abroad. (The Independent)

'The narrative flits across time with liquid eloquence and an exuberance that reinforces Hopkin's fascination with the way darkness and light define people, places and relationships.' (The Observer)

New novel, 'Say Goodbye to Breakfast!' (Picador) is coming... along with a full collection of stories, and 'After Beauty' - a book gathering the author's short stories and articles about Georgia and Croatia.