Adam Thirlwell (born 1978) is a British novelist. His work has been translated into thirty languages.
Thirlwell was educated at the independent Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Elstree. He read English at New College, Oxford, where he got the top first. He was a Prize Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford between 2000 and 2007, and worked as assistant editor at the literary magazine Areté. He now lives in London. In 2011 he was the S Fischer Guest Professor of Comparative Literature at the Freie University in Berlin.
Thirlwell is the author of two novels, Politics (2003)  and The Escape (2009) described by Milan Kundera as "a novel where the humour is melancholic, the melancholy mischievous, and the talent startling.".
He is also the author of a project on the novel and translation, first published in 2007, which was chosen as a book of the year by Tom Stoppard in The Guardian and A. S. Byatt in the Times Literary Supplement.
An experimental book with unfolding pages called Kapow! is to be published by Visual Editions.
His writing is published in the New York Times, Le Monde, and La Repubblica, as well as the New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and The Believer. He has written columns for The Guardian and Esquire.
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