Mick writes fiction and the occasional screenplay. He’s probably best-known for his first novel, The Underground Man, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Royal Society of Authors’ First Novel Award. He’s since written two other novels (‘Five Boys’ and ‘The Widow’s Tale’), a collection of short stories (‘Ten Sorry Tales’), a novella of sorts (‘Bears of England’) and an e-book (‘Junior Science’), all published by Faber.
He’s currently completing his fourth novel, which might possibly see the light of day in 2015. In 2011 he was the writer-in-residence at the Science Museum. Between 2012-14, he was a RLF Writing Fellow at the University of Sussex.
Here's a documentary I made for BBC 2 years ago about a gang of pylon painters ...
Once upon a life
Here's a piece I wrote for The Observer about me going on a retreat at Buckfast Abbey ...
'In his late 20s, Mick Jackson decided to let his rock'n'roll dream die and pursue a literary career. To smooth the transition, he booked into a Benedictine monastery. Here, armed with Zola and Larkin for inspiration, he didn't drink, he barely spoke, and he did discover enlightenment (of sorts)'