Mick is a Booker-shortlisted author. He has written four novels, three collections of short stories and books for children.
He is a graduate of UEA where he studied under Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. He is a visiting lecturer at West Dean College, Lancaster University, Goldsmiths University and Faber Academy.
Describe your approach to teaching
I try and expose my students to a wide range of texts and ideas and want them to feel able to take risks without fear of embarrassment.
What inspires your own work?
My fiction tends to be about characters on the periphery. My ideas come from overheard conversation, newspaper articles, the radio. The problem is finding the time to turn them into novels.
- The Underground Man, novel (Picador, 1997)
- Five Boys, novel (Faber and Faber, 2001)
- Ten Sorry Tales, short stories (Faber and Faber, 2005)
- Bears of England, novella (Faber and Faber, 2009)
- The Widow’s Tale, novel (Faber and Faber, 2010)
- Junior Science, e-book, short stories (Faber and Faber, 2011)
- Yuki chan in Bronte Country, novel (Faber and Faber, 2016)
- Ella May Does it Her Way, children’s book (Quarto, 2019)
Prizes & nominations
- Booker Prize, shortlisted, 1997
- Whitbread First Novel Award, nominee, 1997
- Royal Society of Authors’ First Novel Award, winner, 1997
- Encore Prize, runner-up, 2002
- East Anglian Book of the Year, winner, 2010
- Photo Credit: Kevin Cummins