Rupert Thomson is the author of ten critically acclaimed novels, including The Insult, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and chosen by David Bowie as one of his Top 100 Must-Read Books of All Time, The Book of Revelation, which was made into a feature film by the Australian writer/director, Ana Kokkinos, and Death of a Murderer, which was shortlisted for the Costa Prize. In 2010, he published a memoir, This Party’s Got to Stop, which won the Writers’ Guild Non-Fiction Book of the Year. Rupert Thomson has contributed to the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Independent, and Granta. He lives in London.
Rupert Thomson will be talking about his new novel, Never Anyone But You, which is based on the true story of two extraordinary French women, Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore. Meeting as teenagers in a provincial French town in 1909, they embarked on a love affair which was to last more than forty years. In Paris, they were involved with the Surrealist movement, and produced a series of provocative photographs that set about challenging and redefining the idea of what a woman could be. Then, as the Second World War loomed, they moved to Jersey, where they put their lives at risk by joining the struggle against Nazi oppression. Already acclaimed by Siri Hustvedt – “Prose so sharp it glitters” – and Andrea Wulf – “Magnificent” – Never Anyone But You infuses fresh life into forgotten history as only great literature can.