Mark Hudsons first book, Our Grandmothers' Drums, describing a year spent in a remote Gambian village, won the Thomas Cook Award and the Somerset Maugham Award. His second, Coming Back Brockens, on a former mining village in Durham, won the NCR Award for the best non-fiction book of 1994. His novel The Music in my Head was published to critical acclaim in 1998.
Mark Hudson has contributed to the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Observer, Mail on Sunday and many other publications. He lives in London with his wife and daughter, and is currently working on a novel.
'A wonderful book. Reading it is like watching a picture being painted. A moving, even a majestic book.' The Listener
'Mr Hudson writes beautifully, he is intelligent, sensitive and observant as well as being a natural storyteller.' Patrick Pender Cudlip, Spectator
'Hudson has told the story with emotional and stylistic depth, his eye unfilmed by sentimentality but open to sentiment; generous, open-hearted and quirkily reflective.' Richard Hoggart, Sunday Times
'It is a beautifully written book which, in looking to the past, has something important to say to us all about life in Britain today.' Alan Clark
'Above all, it's the music, the rhythms and the way they make Hudson's writing flow that make this such a groovy novel!' - Anthony Sattin, Sunday Times
'Full of good writing, in a style that is fast, punchy, and often very funny' - Christopher Hart, Literary Review