Matthew Kneale

Matthew Kneale was born in London in 1960, the son and grandson of writers. He studied Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. Fascinated with diverse cultures, he travelled to more than eighty countries and tried his hand at learning a number of foreign languages, including Japanese, Ethiopian Amharic, Romanian and Albanian. He has written five novels, including English Passengers, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. His latest was a non-fiction history book, An Atheist's History of Belief. For the last fifteen years he has lived in Rome with his wife and two children.



Gripping and ingenious... Kneale's account is a masterpiece of pacing and suspense. Characters from the city's history spring to life in his hands.
Sunday Times

A stirring portrait of a city at war... brings Rome's fractious past to life.

Utterly compelling, brilliant... Wonderfully moving and inspiring
Literary Review

Fascinating... A delight
The Times ‘Book of the Week’

Ingenious and wholly enjoyable history of the city.
Daily Telegraph

A sumptuously produced volume
Shots Magazine