AUTHORS

A. N. Wilson

A. N. Wilson grew up in Staffordshire, where his father was Managing Director of Josiah Wedgwood & Sons. He was educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is a prolific and award-winning biographer and celebrated novelist. His most recent novel, Winnie and Wolf, was longlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize. He lives in North London.

BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR

REVIEWS

Praise for The Potter's Hand (2012):
A rich and rather wonderful novel... It is one of these books which gives the impression of having matured in the imagination for years. One can't, in a short review, do justice to its abundance. It is a cornucopia of a novel... wide in scope, rich in detail, and deep in understanding - Scotsman;
Full of fascinating historical detail... [A. N. Wilson's] most obvious fictional flourish, which sees a Cherokee transported to the potteries, is as incredible as it is romantic... a rather magnificent achievement - Daily Mail;
This is a splendid story, vividly told


Economist

Praise for The Book of the People (2015):
Believe it or not, this is a work of genius - The Times;
Wilson's delightful and unexpectedly moving book is characterised by intellectual humility - New Statesman;
An elegant and insightful book


The Independent

Wilson's wit and erudition are much in evidence
Sunday Times (Ireland)

Wilson's book is as much a factual account of Forster's life as a piece of historical fiction... Wilson's achievement is to impart a restrained imaginative power that makes its extremes seem credible.
Guardian

All is vividly imagined and the reader follows his adventures breathlessly... an epic book
Country Life

A brilliant novel
Catholic Herald

Wilson offers a sweeping portrait of the European Enlightenment and the foundation of an intellectual dynasty destined to include Charles Darwin and Ralph Vaughn Williams in its ranks... All of this intellectualism is held together by a strong narrative... Behind the calm equipoise of Wedgwood's neoclassical designs, a global storm of ideas and inventions raged. It has a centre in Stoke-on-Trent and an icon in Wedgwood. Wilson brings it all to life.Tristram Hunt
Financial Times

The Potter's Hand is a rich and rather wonderful novel... It is one of these books which gives the impression of having matured in the imagination for years. One can't, in a short review, do justice to its abundance. It is a cornucopia of a novel... wide in scope, rich in detail, and deep in understanding.
Scotsman

Full of fascinating historical detail... [A. N. Wilson's] most obvious fictional flourish, which sees a Cherokee transported to the potteries, is as incredible as it is romantic... a rather magnificent achievement.
Daily Mail

This is a splendid story, vividly told.
Economist

A weighty, most satisfying tale
Sunday Times

A. N. Wilson bases his first novel for five years, The Potter's Hand, on the Wedgwood Dynasty, and delivers their extraordinary adventures and achievements in business with customary aplomb.
Bookseller's Choice

Excellent historic fiction based around the family of Josiah Wedgwood in the period between the US revolution and the French revolution. An interesting man in a fascinating period makes for a compelling read.
Bookbag

A generous, beautiful novel
Irish Examiner

A magnificent saga of family life in the Enlightenment
Evening Standard

An outstanding biography, first published 25 years ago when it deservedly won great praise and prizes... Wilson is an ideal biographer
Daily Mail

Magisterial... Wilson has an advantage over a mere biographer, looking not to judge his subject but to fully understand the inspirations behind his great works
Daily Express

Wilson is a playful biographer, whose pithiest points are made with a frivolity in gratifying contrast to Tolstoy's odiously sententious disciples
Spectator