School of English

About

(PhD, UCL)

My first novel, This Bleeding City (Faber & Faber), was an international bestseller, translated into 12 languages and winner of the Spear's and Edinburgh Festival First Book Awards. It was selected as one of Waterstone's New Voices 2010. My second, The Revelations, was a top-5 bestseller in the UK and was shortlisted for the Guardian's Not the Booker Award. My short stories have been longlisted for the EFG Sunday Times Short Story Award, shortlisted for the Manchester Fiction Prize, and have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies including Best British Short Stories 2013. I am a regular panelist on the BBC2 Review Show and Radio 4's Saturday Review, as well as writing for the Observer, the New Statesman and the Guardian. My next novel, In Love and War, will be published by Faber in August 2014.

I am interested in the modern novel, and particularly in the ways that literature has responded to the violence of the 20th century. I am obsessed with Lydia Davis, JM Coetzee, Roberto Bolaño and WG Sebald. I write, teach and read more short stories than anything else and believe that the short form - because of changing technologies, brains and writing styles - is the medium of the Internet Age.

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Publications

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Book
Preston, A. (2015). In love and war. Faber & Faber.
Preston, A. (2014). Waiting for the General. Galley Beggar Press.
Preston, A. (2012). The Revelations. London: Faber and Faber.
Preston, A. (2010). This Bleeding City. Faber and Faber.
Book section
Preston, A. (2013). Krissman in the Park. in: Royle, N. ed. The Best British Short Stories 2013. Salt Publishing.
Article
Preston, A. (2015). At the Karachi literature festival, books really are a matter of life and death. The Guardian [Online]. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/15/karachi-literature-festival-alex-preston-observer.
Preston, A. (2015). What would happen if Britain left the EU? The Guardian [Online]. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/apr/19/what-would-happen-if-britain-left-the-eu-consequences-of-exit.
Preston, A. (2015). Saffron Terror: an audience with Burma's 'Buddhist Bin Laden' Ashin Wirathu. GQ magazine [Online]. Available at: http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/comment/articles/2015-02/12/ashin-wirathu-audience-with-the-buddhist-bin-laden-burma.
Preston, A. (2015). 'It's up to us to stop these Muslim girls making the worst mistake of their lives'. The Guardian [Online]. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/28/sara-khan-stop-these-muslim-girls-making-worst-mistake-of-their-lives-isis.
Preston, A. (2015). Yeonmi Park and North Korea. the Observer.
Preston, A. (2015). Meet Our Spring Cover Star, the Beguiling Sophie Turner. Town and Country [Online]. Available at: http://www.townandcountrymag.co.uk/society/people-and-events/Sophie-Turner-game-of-thrones-interview-spring-issuehttp://www.townandcountrymag.co.uk/society/people-and-events/Sophie-Turner-game-of-thrones-interview-spring-issue.
Preston, A. (2015). The 10 best sex scenes. The Guardian [Online]. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/feb/06/the-10-best-sex-scenes.
Preston, A. (2015). The man who sleeps in Hitler's bed. The Guardian [Online]. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/24/the-man-who-sleeps-in-hitlers-bed.
Preston, A. (2015). Sara Khan. The Guardian.
Preston, A. (2015). The Mysterious Murder of a Pakistani Professor. Newsweek [Online]. Available at: http://europe.newsweek.com/mysterious-murder-pakistani-professor-323999?rm=eu.
Preston, A. (2014). Revisiting Brideshead. Town and Country [Online]. Available at: http://www.townandcountrymag.co.uk/site/brideshead-revisited-town-and-country-winter-2014.
Preston, A. (2014). How the British changed their minds about sex. The Guardian [Online]. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/sep/28/how-british-changed-their-minds-about-sex.
Preston, A. (2014). Heaven on Earth. Harper's Bazaar [Online]. Available at: http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk/travel/travel-guides/heaven-on-earth-florence-italy.
Preston, A. (2014). Here be dragons. Harper's Bazaar [Online]. Available at: http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk/travel/travel-guides/sailing-in-indonesia-komodo.
Preston, A. (2014). Fear of flying: the spectre that haunts modern life. The Guardian [Online]. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/28/fear-of-flying-phobia-we-cant-overcome.
Preston, A. (2014). Drug-taking fortysomethings with one foot in the rave. The Guardian [Online]. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/05/-sp-drug-taking-fortysomethings-rave-middle-aged.
Preston, A. (2013). The Bridge Over Shuto Expressway No. 1. Granta [Online]. Available at: http://granta.com/The-Bridge-Over-Shuto-Expressway-No.-1/.
Internet publication
Preston, A. (2016). Once we were wolves [Short story blog]. Available at: http://alexhmpreston.com/short-stories/.
Preston, A. (2011). The Rabbit and the Broad [Short story blog]. Available at: http://www.newwriting.net/writing/fiction/the-rabbit-and-the-broad/.
Preston, A. (2009). Alex Preston's Blog 2009 onwards [Blog]. Available at: http://alexhmpreston.com/category/blog/.
Review
Preston, A. (2015). A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara review relentless suffering. The Guardian [Online]. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/aug/18/a-little-life-hanya-yanagihara-review-man-booker-prize.
Preston, A. (2015). The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro review: 'Game of Thrones with a conscience'. The Guardian [Online]. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/mar/01/the-buried-giant-kazuo-ishiguro-review-game-of-thrones-conscience.
Preston, A. (2015). Submission by Michel Houellebecq review satire that's more subtle than it seems. The Guardian [Online]. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/sep/08/submission-michel-houellebecq-review-satire-islamic-france.
Preston, A. (2015). 10:04 by Ben Lerner review a great writer, a great novel. The Guardian [Online]:N/A-N/A. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jan/04/10-04-review-ben-lerner-great-writer.
Preston, A. (2015). The Festival of Insignificance review Milan Kundera lacks vim. The Guardian [Online]. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/14/festival-of-insignificance-review-milan-kundera-lacks-vim.
Preston, A. (2015). The Green Road by Anne Enright review an exquisite collage of Irish lives. The Guardian [Online]. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/03/the-green-road-anne-enright-review-exquisite-collage.
Preston, A. (2015). City on Fire. The Guardian [Online]. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/18/city-on-fire-garth-risk-hallberg-review-new-york-city.
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