Christopher Wakling

Novelist, Non-fiction writer

Christopher Wakling has published six acclaimed novels. They include What I Did (John Murray), which tells the story of a social-services investigation from the point of view of the six-year-old boy at its heart; The Devil’s Mask (Faber), an historical crime novel set in the aftermath of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade; and On Cape Three Points (Picador), which concerns a young lawyer whose attempts to cover up a mistake he makes at work have disastrous consequences. His books have been translated widely and published in America.

Before he began writing full-time in 2001, Christopher worked as a litigator for a city law firm, and before he trained as a lawyer he worked as a farm hand. He studied English literature at Oxford University and University College, London. As well as his work as an RLF Fellow, Christopher is a frequent contributor of travel journalism to the Independent. He has written on destinations including Puerto Rico, Wisconsin and Morocco, New Zealand, the Gambia and… the Isle of Wight.

In the past decade he has taught creative writing in many different contexts, including literary festivals, Bristol University and the Arvon Foundation, for whom he has led more than 50 week-long residential courses.  He is now the lead tutor and creative consultant at Curtis Brown Creative, the writing school run by the London literary agency, Curtis Brown. Christopher is currently writing his most audacious work of fiction to date, a novel about a good banker.

Christopher Wakling

Fellowships

University of Bristol, Sciences 2013/14
University of the West of England, Arts and Cultural Industries 2012/13
University of Bristol, Arts 2011/12
University of Bristol, Arts 2007-09