A. N. Wilson

A. N. Wilson was born in 1950 and 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 awarding-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.



Achieves for Dante and Florence what Peter Ackroyd accomplished for Shakespeare and London. Intelligent, personal and suffused with a lifetime's reading and experience, it guides us through 'the boldest work in Western literature'.Nicholas Shakespeare
Daily Telegraph

This is biography done by a novelist at the height of his powers. Wilson moves seamlessly between Dante's life, his poems and the historical context... He has written a loving book that is worthy of the divine poet of love.Jonathan Bate
Sunday Telegraph Magazine

A rich and nuanced life... Wilson is an excellent 21st-century Virgil for anyone who has ever lost their way in Dante's dark wood, or has yet to venture in.Sara Bakewell
Sunday Times

Rich in both biographical detail and political history... A thoroughly readable, illuminating history.Fiona Sampson

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

Believe it or not, this is a work of genius
The Times

[Wilson's] voyage is a personal one, and it's well worth following because, apart from anything else, he has studied his subject with dedication and scholarship.
The Oldie

The Book of the People is a wide-ranging and richly stimulating enquiry into what the Bible is, what it means, how it works, and how hopelessly wrong the plodding fundamentalists of both atheist and religious persuasions are about it.
Sunday Times

Wilson's delightful and unexpectedly moving book is characterised by intellectual humility
New Statesman

Richly stimulating
The Sunday Times

It's rare to want a book to be longer....thought-provoking and never less than entertaining
Sunday Telegraph

An elegant and insightful book
The Independent

[A] fascinating and superbly researched biography
Mail on Sunday

An accessible guide to reading the Bible ... [A.N. Wilson] says difficult and challenging things in a light and easy way, and makes the reader feel that the Bible will be a delight rather than a burden to read.
Times Literary Supplement