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Jonathan Raban

British writer

1942   -  

country of citizenship: United Kingdom
language of expression: English
educated at: University of Hull
occupation: writer, novelist
award received: Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
www.jonathanraban.com

Jonathan Raban (born 14 June 1942, Hempton, Norfolk, England) is a British travel writer, critic, and novelist. He has received several awards, such as the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Royal Society of Literature's Heinemann Award, the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the PEN West Creative Nonfiction Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, and a 1997 Washington State Governor's Writer's Award. Since 1990 he has lived with his daughter in Seattle. In 2003, his novel Waxwings was long listed for the Man Booker Prize. Though he is primarily regarded as a travel writer, Raban’s accounts often blend the story of a journey with rich discussion of the history of the water through which he travels and the land around it. Even as he maintains a dispassionate and often unforgiving stance towards the people he meets on his travels, he does not shirk from sharing his own perceived foibles and failings with the reader. Frequently, Raban’s autobiographical accounts of journeys taken mirror transformations in his own life or the world at large: Old Glory takes place during the buildup to Ronald Reagan’s victory in the 1980 presidential election, Coasting as the Falklands War begins, and Passage to Juneau as the failure of the author’s marriage becomes apparent. Similarly melancholic and personal themes of turmoil and loss can be detected in his novels.
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works

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Old Glory: An American Voyage

book by Jonathan Raban

author: Jonathan Raban

1987

Arabia Through the Looking Glass

book by Jonathan Raban

author: Jonathan Raban

1979

Coasting

book by Jonathan Raban

author: Jonathan Raban

1987

For Love & Money

book by Jonathan Raban

author: Jonathan Raban

1989

Foreign Land

book by Jonathan Raban

author: Jonathan Raban

1985

Bad Land: An American Romance

book by Jonathan Raban

author: Jonathan Raban

1996

Soft City

book by Jonathan Raban

author: Jonathan Raban

1974

Surveillance

novel by Jonathan Raban

author: Jonathan Raban

2007

Waxwings

book by Jonathan Raban

author: Jonathan Raban

2003

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