Born 1945. Fiction since 1966.

Books include:

The Committed Men, Hutchinson New Authors 1971. In Viriconium, 1982. The Ice Monkey [short stories], 1984. Viriconium Nights [short stories], 1985.

Climbers, 1989. The Luck in the Head [graphic novel with Ian Miller], 1991. The Course of the Heart, 1992. Signs of Life, 1997. Things That Never Happen [selected short stories 1975-1998], 2002. Light, 2002. Nova Swing, 2006. Empty Space, 2012.

You Should Come With Me Now [short stories], 2017. The Sunken Land Begins To Rise Again, 2020. Settling the World [selected short stories with an introduction by Jennifer Hodgson], 2020.

Forthcoming from Serpent’s Tail, May 2023: Wish I Was Here, an anti-memoir

Reviews, short fiction & nonfiction over the last fifty years or so, in a range of venues including the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, Time Out, Transatlantic Review, Conjunctions, Granta, Arc Magazine, New Scientist, the Independent on Sunday, the Daily Telegraph & the New York Times.

Interview & readings.

In Viriconium shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize, 1982. Climbers won the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature, 1989. Nova Swing won the Arthur C Clarke Award, 2007. Honorary DLitt, University of Warwick, 2016. You Should Come With Me Now longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize, 2018. M John Harrison: Critical Essays, Gylphi, ed Williams & Bould 2019. The Sunken Land Begins To Rise Again won the Goldsmiths Fiction Prize, 2020 and longlisted for the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, 2022.

Booker Prize judge, 2022.

Contact: Leave a comment here at the blog; or I’m on Twitter, @mjohnharrison.

Representation: Will Francis at Janklow & Nesbit.


Photo Cath Phillips, 2014