WorldCat Identities

Thorpe, Adam 1956-

Works: 54 works in 299 publications in 7 languages and 5,694 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Historical fiction  Romance fiction  Suspense fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Short stories  Bildungsromans 
Roles: Author, Translator, Author of introduction, Editor
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 770 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 )

18 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 672 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 )

17 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 446 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 )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 400 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 )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 340 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 )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 280 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
Between each breath by Adam Thorpe( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and German and held by 225 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
Nineteen twenty-one by Adam Thorpe( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 222 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?
Madame Bovary: patterns of provincial life by Gustave Flaubert( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 217 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 )

21 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 198 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 )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and Dutch and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"No Telling, Adam Thorpe's fifth novel, is set in 1968 in the Parisian suburbs and narrated by twelve-year-old Gilles as he approaches his Solemn Communion, puberty, and some sense of the chaos around him. His home is deeply dysfunctional: a dithering mother, a hard-drinking, womanising uncle who becomes his stepfather, and an older sister, Carole - an unbalanced revolutionary who hasn't danced her ballet steps since the death of their real father in 1960. Gilles is blithely unaware that any of this is out of the ordinary, as he and his friend Christophe try and piece together a world from fragments of rumour and hushed adult conversation. There is a deeper trauma here, however, far more shocking than anything Gilles could have dreamt of - a mystery it will take the events of the novel and eight years to resolve."--BOOK JACKET
Is this the way you said? by Adam Thorpe( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 145 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
Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola( Book )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 128 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
Shifts by Adam Thorpe( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voluntary by Adam Thorpe( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 105 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
Mornings in the Baltic by Adam Thorpe( Book )

6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Birds with a broken wing by Adam Thorpe( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 100 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
Meeting Montaigne by Adam Thorpe( Book )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Neanderthal by Adam Thorpe( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bicycle theft by Shane D Johnson( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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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 (228)

German (5)

French (4)

Spanish (4)

Dutch (4)

Danish (1)

Polish (1)

The rules of perspective : a novelPieces of light : a novelThe standing poolHoddBetween each breathNineteen twenty-oneStillNo telling