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STACE Wesley

England

Misfortune (Little, Brown & Company, 2005)

Wesley STACE

Wesley Stace was born in Hastings, Sussex in 1965, and educated at The King’s School, Canterbury, and Jesus College, Cambridge. His first novel, the critically acclaimed Misfortune, was published by Little, Brown in 2004. The novel was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and the James Tiptree Award. Misfortune was also chosen by Amazon as one of the Ten Best Novels of 2005, and was one of The Washington Post’s Books of the Year. Translations have appeared around the world, including France where the novel became a bestseller.

He recently wrote the introduction for the The Modern Library edition of Charles Dickens’ The Haunted House, and published an essay called Listerine : The Life And Opinions Of Laurence Sterne, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, in Post Road #5. He has also written three chapbooks of lyrics and notes : Collected Stories (1991), John Wesley Harding’s New Deal (1995) and Notes Towards A Clarification of The Confessions of St.Ace (2000). He has published articles on various subjects in Raygun, Creem, Beach Culture, Washington Law and No Depression.

Under the name, John Wesley Harding, he has released 13 albums, ranging from traditional folk to full on pop music. His most recent release Adam’s Apple (2004) was called "the finest album of his career" (All Music Guide), "one of his best, a sharp collection of pop that cleverly weds sunny melodies to dark matters" (The New Yorker) and "a dazzling piece of popcraft that shows wide range and real heart" (No Depression.) John Wesley Harding has been joined onstage by Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, John Prine, Bruce Springsteen (with whom he recorded a duet on his album Awake), Joan Baez, Peter Buck, Evan Dando, David Baddiel and Robyn Hitchcock amongst others. He has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His songs have been featured in films (including High Fidelity) and covered by other artists.

His second novel will be published by Little, Brown in 2006. He has lived in America since 1991, and currently resides in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

In french
The Wesley Stace’s website


Bibliography :

  • By George (Little Brown, 2007)
  • Misfortune (Little, Brown & Company, 2005)

A summery of Misfortune :

Widely acclaimed as a spirited and mischievous reinvention of the English foundling novel, Misfortune brims with irresistible details of a bygone era as it unfolds the tale of Rose, an infant boy adopted and raised as a girl, who must abandon the luxury and safety of his beloved home and travel halfway around the world to discover who he really is—and to unlock the secret of his rightful place.