Matthew Hollis

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Matthew Hollis (born 1971) is an English author, editor, professor, and poet, currently living in London, England.[1]

Career and background[edit]

The late Edward Thomas- whom Hollis has worked as a biographer of, editor of, and received inspiration from

He was born in Norwich, the son of politician Patricia Hollis and academic Martin Hollis,[2] he has studied at the universities of Edinburgh and York. He presently lives in London, England, writing as well as serving as a tutor for the London Poetry School and working as an editor at Faber and Faber, he is a member of the international educational and cultural enhancement organisation the British Council, taking part in the Arts Council's 'First Lines' program in 2001.[1]

Hollis has published a variety of written works. After its shortlisting for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, his first full-length collection Ground Water (Bloodaxe Books, 2004) was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award (the first time for a poetry book) and for the Whitbread Poetry Award; Ground Water was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Hollis is perhaps best known for the 2011 non-fiction book Now All Roads Lead to France, a critically acclaimed (praise appearing in The Guardian,[3] The Independent,[4] The Wall Street Journal,[5] and others) biography of seminal English poet Edward Thomas; the work won the 2011 H. W. Fisher Best First Biography Prize as well as the 2011 Costa Book Award for 'Best Biography'.[1] The judges for the latter commented: "Dramatic and engrossing. A brilliant biography that moved us all."[6]

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  1. ^ a b c "Matthew Hollis". British Council Literature. British Council. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  2. ^ Textualities: Matthew Hollis interview by Benjamin Morris. Accessed 2 November 2012
  3. ^ Macfarlane, Robert (5 August 2011). "Now All Roads Lead to France by Matthew Hollis – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  4. ^ O'Brien, Sean (29 July 2011). "Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas". The Independent. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  5. ^ Massie, Allan (26 October 2012). "Book Review: Now All Roads Lead to France". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Costa book awards winners 2011 – in pictures". The Guardian. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012.

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