WorldCat Identities

Thorpe, Adam 1956-

Works: 52 works in 266 publications in 7 languages and 5,552 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Suspense fiction  Historical fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bildungsromans  Autographs  Drama 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PQ2246.M2, 843.8
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Adam Thorpe
Ulverton by Adam Thorpe( Book )

50 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Starting from a bedrock of folk tale, myth, and oral tradition, Adam Thorpe builds his narrative out of diaries, sermons, drunken pub conversations, letters, and film scripts - each of them evoking the style and substance of its particular era, and all threaded through with recurrent motifs and images. The result is a dense, richly allusive portrait of the village as palimpsest, with its stories written onto place and into time. Highly inventive, darkly erotic, by turns hilarious and deeply moving, Adam Thorpe's novel, a best seller in England, is a brilliant performance which offers the reader a creative role as one more participant in the ongoing drama that is Ulverton
The rules of perspective : a novel by Adam Thorpe( Book )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In April 1945, as a shell from the advancing American army tears through the roof of the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, acting museum director Heinrich Hoffer and three of his colleague seek refuge from the bombardment in the museum's vaults
Pieces of light : a novel by Adam Thorpe( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hugh's life began in Africa, but at the age of seven, he was sent to live with an eccentric uncle in England. The mystery of his life concerns the strange disappearance of his mother, years before, when she "simply walked out of her house and without a trace disappeared into the vast, unmapped lands of Africa."--Jacket
Flight by Adam Thorpe( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bob Winrush used to fly passengers, then worked for years as a 'freight dog', flying consignments of goods and sometimes people to all the corners of the world - including bush-strips in war zones: 'real flying', as he called it. Until, one day, he walked away from a deal that didn't smell right - something a freight dog should never do. Now working as a private pilot for an Emirate prince in Dubai, he finds that moment of refusal catching up with him. Caught between those who want to find out more and those who want to cover their traces, he becomes a marked man, and flees to a remote Scottish island. Pursued by both armed assassins and a ruinous, bitter divorce, he struggles to re-fashion himself in this barren, beautiful place, taking on another identity. But back in the world of smuggled AK-47s and heroin, the stakes are rising. Despite the presence of Judith, the lovely environmentalist, memories of his uglier flights return to haunt him
The standing pool by Adam Thorpe( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two Cambridge history professors take a sabbatical with their children in a Languedoc farmhouse with a strange history of its own
Hodd by Adam Thorpe( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Was Robin Hood a good guy or a bad guy? A long-hidden document casts doubt on our pre-conceptions about a medieval folk hero when the written testimony of a monk named Matthew is rescued from a ruined church on the Somme and describes life with the half-crazed, murderous bandit Hodd
Nineteen twenty-one by Adam Thorpe( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the freakishly hot, drought summer of 1921, a young writer is holed up in a cottage in the Chilterns, striving to write the first great novel of the War, impelled by his own suffering. In what sense can art be made out of such horror?
Between each breath : Adam Thorpe by Adam Thorpe( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and German and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Once 'England's most promising young composer' - now living comfortably in Hampstead with his wife Milly, an heiress - Jack Middleton is in mid-life decline, his career in free-fall. When he visits Estonia for a three-week search for inspiration, he falls for a young waitress called Kaja, deeply bound up in the suffering of her country and the joy and danger of its new freedom. They embark on a passionate affair on a lonely island in a time warp. Then it's over. But of course nothing is ever over. Still childless six years later, Jack and Milly's marriage shows the strain, but they battle on better than most - until the past returns with a vengeance. " -- BOOK JACKET
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emma Bovary is an avid reader of sentimental novels; brought up on a Normandy farm and convent-educated, she longs for the passion of romance. At first, Emma pins her hopes on marriage, but life with her well-meaning husband in the provinces leaves her bored and dissatisfied. She seeks escape through extravagant spending sprees and, eventually, adultery. As Emma pursues her impossible reverie she seals her own ruin and despair
Still by Adam Thorpe( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman, hvis tekst udelukkende består af filmregissøren Richard Thornby's indre monolog: Han sidder i en flyvemaskine på vej for at vise sin nye film, og hans tanker, minder og pludselige indfald flyder sammen
No telling by Adam Thorpe( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and Dutch and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gilles Gobain vokser op i Paris i tiden op til foråret 1968; hans far er agent i støvsugere, men han dør i en ulykke og farbroderen overtager både familiefirmaet og familien
Is this the way you said? by Adam Thorpe( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celebrated as a novelist of huge historical range and depth, Adam Thorpe is also an accomplished and celebrated writer of short fiction, and the stories collected here show his deftness with character, his enormous versatility of voice. In the title story, an expectant first-time novelist meets the publisher, who has asked him to lunch, only to find himself drawn, unwittingly and inexorably, into a terrible personal tragedy. In 'The Concert Interval' Rob, an orchestral tympanist, sees his life crumble over the half-time coffee and sandwiches. In 'Heavy Shopping' a business executive is called in the middle of an important conference in Scotland with the news that his wife has given birth prematurely; his inability to cope with the resulting divided loyalties, and the way he deals with his own passive indecisiveness, reveals the terrifying emotional vacuum in his life. Exquisitely written, these stories breathe life into their characters, exposing their deepest desires, their catastrophic fears, their perilous frailty in the face of the responsibilities they carry; they are the work of one of Britain's most important writers, working at the height of his powers
Shifts by Adam Thorpe( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola( Book )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

GENERAL & LITERARY FICTION. This title is translated and introduced by Adam Thorpe. Mysterious disappearances, domestic cases, noiseless, bloodless snuffings-out. the law can look as deep as it likes, but when the crime itself goes unsuspected. oh yes, there's many a murderer basking in the sun ... When Therese Raquin is forced to marry the sickly Camille, she sees a bare life stretching out before her, leading every evening to the same cold bed and every morning to the same empty day. Escape comes in the form of her husband's friend, Laurent, and Therese throws herself headlong into an affair. There seems only one obstacle to their happiness; Camille. They plot to be rid of him. But in destroying Camille they kill the very desire that connects them. First published in 1867, Therese Raquin has lost none of its power to enthral. Adam Thorpe's unflinching translation brings Zola's dark and shocking masterwork to life
Mornings in the Baltic by Adam Thorpe( Book )

6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Birds with a broken wing by Adam Thorpe( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Juxtaposing creation and destruction, hope and grief, this book presents poems that argue for bewilderment and 'the slight bruise of doubt'. It features poems that remind us of our abdications, of our collapsed relationships with nature, with history and with ourselves; whether walking an abandoned road, or considering a friend's suicide
Voluntary by Adam Thorpe( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of poems take the reader on a journey through states of gain and loss, alienation and belonging. They explore our chances, record our traces - in the marks on skin, home movies, stone walls, the pressure of our blood, or the clearing of a dying father's study - until something is revealed, however tentative.--From back cover
Meeting Montaigne by Adam Thorpe( Book )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Neanderthal by Adam Thorpe( Book )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Silbury Hill by Adam Thorpe( Book )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Silbury Hill in Wiltshire has inspired and perplexed people for generations. Artists and poets have fathomed their deepest thoughts searching for the hill's hidden meanings, archaeologists have tunnelled through earth for fragments that prove its purpose. But for all this human endeavour, Silbury Hill remains a mystery. We do know it is the largest prehistoric mound in Europe. But was it once an island, moated by water? Was it a place of worship and celebration, perhaps a vast measure of the passing seasons? Along with Stonehenge and Avebury, was it part of a healing landscape or a physical memory of the long-ago dead? Silbury Hill is the sum of all that we project. A blank screen where human dreams and nightmares flicker. The hill has been part of Adam Thorpe's own life since his schooldays at Marlborough, which he would often escape in the surrounding downlands. He has carried Silbury ever since, through his teenage years in Cameroon, into his adulthood in southern England and France: its presence fused to each landscape which became his home. On Silbury Hill is Adam Thorpe's own projection onto Silbury's grassy slopes. It is a chalkland memoir told in fragments and family snapshots, skillfully built, layer on layer, from Britain's ancient and modern past"--Publisher's description
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Alternative Names
Adam Thorpe angielski poeta, dramaturg i pisarz

Adam Thorpe britischer Schriftsteller

Adam Thorpe British writer

Adam Thorpe britisk poet

Adam Thorpe Brits auteur

Adam Thorpe brittisk poet

Adam Thorpe écrivain britannique

Adam Thorpe escriptor britànic

Adam Thorpe escritor británico

ادام تورپ شاعر بریتانیایی

English (204)

German (5)

French (4)

Spanish (4)

Dutch (4)

Danish (1)

Polish (1)

The rules of perspective : a novelPieces of light : a novelThe standing poolHoddNineteen twenty-oneBetween each breath : Adam ThorpeStillNo telling