Lindsay Clarke

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Lindsay Clarke was born in Halifax and educated at King's College, Cambridge. He has worked in further education in Norfolk, and with an American college of experiential learning, as well as holding a post as Writer-in-Residence and long-term Associate of the Writing Programme at the University of Wales, Cardiff. He and his wife now live in Somerset. His second novel THE CHYMICAL WEDDING, won the 1989 Whitbread Prize for Fiction. He has extensive knowledge of mythology and runs workshops in the UK and abroad.

Forthcoming publication:

The Compassion Project (with Dr Julian Abel) - Octopus Books - June 2020

A case for hope and humankindness from the town that beat loneliness

'It could... be one of the most dramatic medical breakthroughs of recent decades. It could transform treatment regimes, save lives, and save health services a fortune. Is it a drug? A device? A surgical procedure? No, it's a newfangled intervention called community.' George Monbiot, The Guardian

Across the country, general hospital admissions are on the rise. But in a small town in rural England, thanks to the simple introduction of kindness and compassion, that trend has been reversed. And what this town achieved, we can all adopt in our own lives to powerful effect. Through daily mindful acts of care we are capable of changing things for the better, both inside ourselves and for the world around us.

Frome in Somerset isn't special. It could be any town; it could be your town. And yet the people who live there have a story to tell about the simple, ground-shaking power of compassion. If it came in tablet form, it would be hailed as a wonder of modern medicine. By contrast, it's entirely free but offers heartening evidence that when human beings make time for each other, the beneficial effects go far beyond the reach of naïve optimism.

'A culture in which compassion is a prevailing value allows individuals to flourish and bring their talents and gifts to the communities in which they live. Unanticipated possibilities emerge, presenting fresh ways of addressing what previously appeared to be insoluble problems. Hearts are lifted. The case for hope is more strongly made. And as the people who work in this way begin to change the world immediately around them, so too, the wider world beyond begins to change.' Dr Julian Abel & Lindsay Clarke

Current Publication:

The Troy Quartet - HarperCollins - Oct 2019

Bringing ancient myth to life with passion, humour, and humanity, Lindsay Clarke vividly retells the story of Troy and of the heroes who fought there.

‘An engaging retelling of the whole story, neatly blending mythic archaism with modern psychodrama and satire’
Mary Beard

‘I’m awed by the web you’ve spun. Not only the beautiful complexities of it but the fine texture of the threads’
Ted Hughes

‘A triumph of retelling the ancient story…a readable and freshened version that keeps one turning the pages’
Alan Sillitoe

‘Wonderfully clear and dramatic’
OBSERVER

‘Expertly handled, drawing on the best of this classic tale and shaping it into a riveting page-turner well-suited to our times’
DAILY MAIL

Fiction

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2004

HARPERCOLLINS

Vigorous new life is breathed into the myth’s of Homer’s Iliad in this dramatic retelling of the wars fought for the Bronze Age City of Troy. Paris and Helen, Agamemnon and Clytaemnestra, Achilles, Odysseus and Hector are skilfully rejuvenated in this startlingly contemporary drama of the passions. THE WAR AT TROY speaks to a world still racked by violent conflict in ways which address important aspects of our own experience while at the same time providing imaginative access to the rich store of mythology which is our heritage from the ancient world.

2005

HARPERCOLLINS

This is the second part of a masterful retelling of the stories surrounding the Trojan War. "Return from Troy" begins after the sacking of Troy, covering Odysseus’s trials and Agamemnon’s fate. "The Heroes Return" is the second volume in this masterful retelling of the myths surrounding the Trojan War. In two parts the final novel begins by covering the return of Agamemnon to Mycenae, his murder by his wife Clytaemnestra in revenge for sacrificing their daughter and the consequences of that killing. The second part focuses on the adventures of Odysseus, on his long struggle to return home to Ithaca, and his wife Penelope.

2001

HARPERCOLLINS

Lindsay Clarke delivers a masterly retelling of the legend of Parzival – the knight who is given the task of finding the Holy Grail. This version of Wolfram von Eschenbach`s medieval poem is lively, accessible and inspirational, staying faithful to the spirit of the original while highlighting the contemporary relevance of its themes.

1991

JONATHAN CAPE

It is 1991, and Ronan is driving into Cornwall desperate to reclaim his lost lover. His search brings him to Roseleye, the house by the sea, where Alice has lived for 50 years. By the time the autumnal equinox arrives, he will see that more than one kind of death is waiting for him on the coast.

1989

PICADOR

This novel of intellectual obsession and passion concerns two groups of people who are united in their investigation into the "great experiment of nature" in a Norfolk village, but divided by a century of time. Winner of the Whitbread Prize for Fiction 1989. According to John Fowles, Lindsay Clarke’s novel "excited me more than any other English fiction for some time."

SUNDAY WHITEMAN

1987

JONATHAN CAPE

Austin and his wife, Kay, travel to a school deep in the rainforest of a newly independent West African state in order to teach, but meet disillusionment and loss.

Non-Fiction

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2020

Octopus Books

Across the country, general hospital admissions are on the rise. But in a small town in rural England, thanks to the simple introduction of kindness and compassion, that trend has been reversed. And what this town achieved, we can all adopt in our own lives to powerful effect. Through daily mindful acts of care we are capable of changing things for the better, both inside ourselves and for the world around us.
Frome in Somerset isn't special. It could be any town; it could be your town. And yet the people who live there have a story to tell about the simple, ground-shaking power of compassion. If it came in tablet form, it would be hailed as a wonder of modern medicine. By contrast, it's entirely free but offers heartening evidence that when human beings make time for each other, the beneficial effects go far beyond the reach of naïve optimism.
'A culture in which compassion is a prevailing value allows individuals to flourish and bring their talents and gifts to the communities in which they live. Unanticipated possibilities emerge, presenting fresh ways of addressing what previously appeared to be insoluble problems. Hearts are lifted. The case for hope is more strongly made. And as the people who work in this way begin to change the world immediately around them, so too, the wider world beyond begins to change.' Dr Julian Abel & Lindsay Clarke

1997

THORSONS

This collection of Celtic myths and legends brings to life the key stories that have formed our understanding of the Celts. They tell of mighty battles fought by the warrior kings, of the rise and fall of their kingdoms, and the mystery and magic woven into the lives of their people.

Poetry

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STOKER

2006

PHOENIX POETRY PAMPHLETS