Jim Crace's Quarantine won the Whitbread Novel in 1997 and his most recent effort, Harvest, has been nominated for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, receiving many plaudits.
It was while working as a journalist that Crace began writing short stories. In 1986, he published Continent to critical acclaim, winning the Whitbread First Novel of the Year Award, the David Higham Prize for Fiction, and the Guardian Fiction prize. Over the years, the Booker Prize-nominated author has gained a huge popular and critical following by virtue of his distinctive, hypnotic prose style.
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‘Jim Crace is a magician among contemporary British novelists … Crace’s is a unique voice still, and we are lucky to have it. It's not clear to me why Jim Crace isn't world famous…A hugely gifted, utterly original writer. Jim Crace is a writer of great gifts. He is the poet of detail, the laureate of the mineral, the bacterial and the gaseous…A unique brand of fabulism … teasing and shocking readers into re-evaluating the all-too-familiar world around them.’ Guardian
‘Resolutely apocalyptic … precise, earthy prose. Crace's way is closer to what Iris Murdoch distinguished as ''crystalline'' construction, the end of the fiction spectrum where the novel is most like a poem, most turned in on itself. The writer of the recent past whom Crace most resembles is William Golding. One of Jim Crace’s many attractions as a novelist is his unpredictability: you never know what you’re going to find between his covers. Great beauty and tenderness.’ New York Times
‘What ought to be grisly is strangely not. Reverent, if anything, and thanks to Mr. Crace's ability to set up human habitation in taboo territory, almost beautiful … an insidious storyteller.’ New York Times
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