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Ian Sansom is a former Research Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He taught for a number of years at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen’s University, Belfast.

He was a founder and editor of the magazine The Enthusiast. He has been a columnist for The Guardian and has written also for The Irish Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, The London Review of Books, The Spectator and The New Statesman. His essays and reviews have appeared in numerous international magazines and journals, including The New York Times. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.

Research interests:

Research interests include: the novel; the short story; memoir/autobiography; journalism; broadcasting.


Books include The Truth About Babies (Granta, 2002), Ring Road (4th Estate/Harper Collins, 2004), and the Mobile Library series of novels. A cultural history of paper, Paper: An Elegy (4th Estate/Harper Collins) was published in 2012. His most recent novel is The Norfolk Mystery (4th Estate/Harper Collins, 2013).

Teaching and supervision:

Fiction and non-fiction writing at undergraduate and graduate levels.


  • –present
    Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick