D. M. Thomas

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D. M. Thomas - The Cornovia Press

D. M. Thomas is a British novelist and poet, born and living in Cornwall. His novel The White Hotel was an international bestseller and shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It is rightly considered a modern classic, translated into more than 30 languages. John Updike said of the book: ‘Astonishing … A forthright sensuality mixed with a fine historical feeling for the nightmare moments in modern history, a dreamlike fluidity and quickness’. His latest title is A Child of Love and War, a searingly honest and moving verse memoir. Previous to that came The Last Waltz, a rich and heady mix of poetry and Corona Man, a fictional verse journal of the plague year. His last novel, Hunters in the Snow, was at the time his first novel for 14 years, the one previous to that being the well-received Charlotte, published by Duckworth in 2000.

Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall. He attended Trewirgie Primary School and Redruth Grammar School before graduating with First Class Honours in English from New College, Oxford in 1959, after which he became a teacher and was head of the English Department at Hereford College of Education, before becoming a full-time writer. In the 1950s, at the height of the Cold War, Thomas studied Russian during his National Service. He retained a lifelong interest in Russian culture and literature. This culminated in a series of well-received translations of Russian poetry in the 1980s. He lived and worked in Australia and the United States before returning to his native Cornwall. To find out more why not visit Don's website.

Books

A Child of Love and War (2021)

The Last Waltz (2021)

Corona Man (2020)

Hunters in the Snow (2014)


Videos

DM Thomas in conversation with Tiffany Truscott, BBC Radio Cornwall, 23rd January 2015

The Cornish author and poet D.M. Thomas in conversation with Tiffany Truscott on BBC Radio Cornwall on 23rd January 2015, to discuss, amongst other matters, his 14th novel Hunters in the Snow, published by The Cornovia Press, and of his Booker Prize shortlisted novel The White Hotel and of the many film adaptations of it that have been attempted over the years.


DM Thomas in further conversation with Tiffany Truscott, BBC Radio Cornwall, 27th January 2015

The Cornish author and poet D.M. Thomas in a further conversation with Tiffany Truscott on BBC Radio Cornwall on 27th January 2015, to discuss his love of Cornwall, singing and Redruth Rugby Club, and to read his poem about Dolly Pentreath.