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Patricia Duncker is the author of Hallucinating Foucault (winner of the Dillons First Fiction Award and the McKitterick Prize in 1996), The Deadly Space Between, James Miranda Barry and Miss Webster and Chérif (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in 2007). She has written two books of short fiction, Monsieur Shoushana's Lemon Trees (shortlisted for the Macmillan Silver Pen Award in 1997) and Seven Tales of Sex and Death, and a collection of essays on writing and contemporary literature, Writing on the Wall. Most recently, she published The Strange Case of the Composer and His Judge (shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award 2010 and the Green Carnation Prize 2011).

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Shortlisted for The CWA Gold Dagger award 2010

Shortlisted for The Green Carnation Prize 2011




Sophie and the Sybil


Patricia Duncker' s New Novel Sophie and the Sibyl, will be published by Bloomsbury in April 2015


Berlin, September 1872. The Duncker brothers, Max and Wolfgang, own a thriving publishing business in the city. Clever, irresponsible Max is as fond of gambling and brothels as the older, wiser Wolfgang is of making a profit. When Max’s bad habits get out of hand, Wolfgang sends him to the Spa town of Homburg, to dance attendance upon a celebrity author – the enigmatic Sibyl, also known as George Eliot. As enthralling and intelligent as her books, she soon has Max bewitched.

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Sleeping Beauties


Patricia Duncker on forgotten novels rediscovered

What happens to works that find their first audiences long after they were written? Writing in English is filled with Sleeping Beauties awakened hundreds of years after their creation to roars of eulogy.


A new article by Patricia in the latest edition of Literary Review (July 2014)

The Composer and his Judge


'A legal mystery of uncommon style and intelligence, in which everyone, including the reader, ends up loving the person in the judge's seat.'

New Review on the Shelf Awareness website

by John Mcfarland

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