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Jonathan Buckley was born in Birmingham, grew up in Dudley, and studied English Literature at Sussex University, where he stayed on to take an MA.

From there he moved to King’s College, London, where he researched the work of the Scottish poet/artist Ian Hamilton Finlay. After working as a university tutor, stage hand, maker of theatrical sets and props, bookshop manager, decorator and builder, he was commissioned in 1987 to write the Rough Guide to Venice and the Veneto. He went on to become an editorial director at Rough Guides, and to write further guidebooks on Tuscany and Umbria and Florence, as well as contributing to the Rough Guide to Classical Music and Rough Guide to Opera.

His first novel, The Biography of Thomas Lang, was published by Fourth Estate in 1997. It was followed by Xerxes (1999), Ghost MacIndoe (2001), Invisible(2004) and So He Takes The Dog (2006). Contact (2010), Telescope(2011), Nostalgia (2013) The river is the river (2015)and The Great Concert of the Night (2018)are published by Sort of Books.

From 2003 to 2005 he held a Royal Literary Fund fellowship at the University of Sussex, and from 2007 to 2011 was an Advisory Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, for whom he convenes a reading group in Brighton.


Jonathan Buckley is one of the UK’s most cultured and original novelists writing today.
— Neil Griffiths, Republic of Consciousness

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