Books

I am the author of — so far — five published novels and a book of narrative non-fiction, The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America. My work has been translated into Catalan, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

All my novels to date are set in the past, and, between them, offer a highly personal fictional history of England from the late eighteenth century (The Bastard Boy) to the mid-twentieth (The Woman in the Picture). All my fiction is to some extent concerned with the relationship between Englishness and the uncanny, the irrational, or the gothic.

Ideas are important to me, and so is language — I love the richness and subtlety of English, and the way it constantly evolves to capture the experience of succeeding generations. But my greatest passion, both as a writer and as a reader, remains those magical qualities that first drew me to fiction as a child: character, plot, atmosphere, and story-telling.

Covers of books written by James Wilson