Patrick McGuinness is a poet and novelist, and Professor of French at the University of Oxford. His first novel, The Last Hundred Days (2011), was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, the Writers Club First Novel Award, and winner of the Writers Guild Award for Fiction and the Wales Book of the Year. In French, it was shortlisted for both the Prix Meedicis étranger and the Priz Fémina étranger, and won the Prix de la librairie Millepages and the Premier Roman étranger.
Other People's Countries: A Journey into Memory (2014) won the Duff Cooper Prize and the Wales Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. His latest novel, Throw me to the Wolves (2019), won the Royal Society of Literature's Encore Award and was longlisted for the CWA Golden Dagger Award. He is the author of two books of poems, The Canals of Mars (2004) and Jilted City (2010) (both Carcanet), and the pamphlet, 20th Century Blues (Smith Doorstop). He is also a translator and editor, notably of the forthcoming Penguin Book of French Short Stories.