photo by ericka duffy

photo by ericka duffy

My first novel, The Casualties, is out from St Martins Press. Some reviews here and here.

I’ve also written three non fiction books about China, two of them about Xinjiang – China’s Forgotten People, which looks at the issues behind the violence in Xinjiang. The Tree That Bleeds, my first book on this subject, appeared in 2011 from Luath Press. For more on this, see my interview in the New York Times.

My most recent book on China, Chasing the Chinese Dream, is a book of reportage about China’s transition to a primarily urban society.

My articles, reviews and essays have appeared in the Guardian, the  London Review of BooksThe Times Literary Supplement, The Independent, N+1, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Dissent, VICE, 3 A.M. Magazine, Literary Review and The Dublin Review.

My fiction has appeared in publications like The Southern Review, Stand, Northwords Now and The Manchester Review.

In 2012 I received a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship.

In 2014 I won the Willesden Herald Short Story Competition.

You can contact me at nholdstock@hotmail.com, and follow me on Twitter @NickHoldstock

If you want to book me for an event or a reading in Scotland, there’s funding available through the Live Literature Fund.


§ 6 Responses to About

  • Nick,

    Great site you have here. I loved the opener to “The Sea, The Shore.” Congrats from a fellow Willesden Herald shortlister! Cheers.


  • Hui says:

    Dear Mr. Holdstock,

    This is a PhD student at LSE. I’m organising Anthropology of East and Inner Asia seminar series for Michaelmas Term 2009 and I’m wondering would you be interested in presenting your work in one of our seminars?

    My supervisor thinks you have quite in-depth knowledge and first-hand materials about Xinjiang and it’ll be great to have you for our seminars. Please send me an email if you are interested and I can explain more.

    Many thanks,

  • I’ve read a wonderful translation for The False River into arabic by my dear friend Ahmed Shafie on his blog, which made me read it again on the Mcr review. ya can see it here:


    I liked it openly, keep up the good work, and it is a shame we didn’t know each other when ya were in Cairo.

    my best,
    Muhammad Aladdin

    • nickholdstock says:

      Thanks very much!- I did try and contact Ahmed to say thanks but my emails kept bouncing back. I wish we’d met in Cairo, but I hope to come back sometime, so maybe we’ll meet then. All best, Nick

      • your welcome! He told me now he’ll send ya a hard copy, for sure he’ll try to contact ya for the address 🙂 ya have my contacts now, please notify me when ya are in the land of contradictions again.. love, Al

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