Patrick McGuinness is a British-Belgian writer and academic. The author two novels, a memoir and two books of poems, he teaches French and Comparative Literature at Oxford, where he is a Fellow of St Anne's College.
His first novel, The Last Hundred Days (2011), is a semi-autobiographical account of the last days of the Ceasescu regime in Romania. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, The Desmond Elliot Prize, the Authors' Club First Novel Award and won the Wales Book of the Year and the Writers' Guild Prize for Fiction.
His memoir, Other People's Coutries: A journey into Memory (2014), is an account of his childhood in the post-industrial factory town of Bouillon, in Belgium. It was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize and The Gordon Burn Prize, and won the Duff Cooper Prize and the Wales Book of the Year Award.
He has written two books of poems, The Canals of Mars (2004) and Jilted City (2010), both from Carcanet Press.
Other books include translations, anthologies and academic monographs.