Patrick McGuinness was born in Tunisia in 1968 of Belgian and Newcastle Irish parents, and brought up in Iran, Venezuela, France, Belgium and Romania. He now teaches French in Oxford, where he is Professor of French and Comparative Literature.
McGuinness's books include two collections of poems , The Canals of Mars, and Jilted City, and several editions, notably of the modernist poet Lynette Roberts and T.E. Hulme , and a translation of Mallarmé's For Anatole's Tomb. Jilted City was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and appeared in italian as L'Età della Sedia Vuota
His novel The Last Hundred Days was been shortlisted for the 2012 Writers' Guild Award.
Patrick's non-fiction book Other People's Countries, published by Jonathan Cape, won the 2014 Duff Cooper Prize.
His latest novel, Throw Me to the Wolves, was published in 2019.