Adam Mars-Jones (born 26 October 1954) is a British novelist and literary critic.
Early life and education
Mars-Jones was born in London, to Sir William Mars-Jones (1915–1999), a Welsh High Court judge and a President of the London Welsh Trust, and Sheila Mary Felicity (1923–1999), an attorney, daughter of Charles Cobon, a marine engineer. Mars-Jones studied at Westminster School, and read Classics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
His first collection of stories, Lantern Lecture (1981), won a Somerset Maugham Award. Other works include Monopolies of Loss (1992) and The Darker Proof: Stories from a Crisis (1987), which was co-written with Edmund White. His first novel, The Waters of Thirst, was published in 1993. His essay "Venus Envy", a polemic against Martin Amis, was originally published in the CounterBlasts series in 1990. Pilcrow (2008) was his second novel, followed by Cedilla in 2011. These two works form the first two parts of a projected trilogy.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2007.
On 2 January 2015 Mars-Jones was captain of the winning team on Christmas University Challenge, representing Trinity Hall, Cambridge who defeated Balliol College, Oxford, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Hull His teammates were international rower Tom James, world champion cyclist Emma Pooley and actor Dan Starkey.
His 1997 Blind Bitter Happiness re-tells the difficult life of his mother and his relationship to her. Mars-Jones' 2015 memoir of his father Kid Gloves deals with his father's struggle to come to terms with his son's homosexuality and his father's later slide into dementia in old age... In 2019 Mars-Jones lives in South London.
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- Mars-Jones, Adam. Noriko Smiling. Notting Hill Editions.
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- "University Challenge Victory". Trinity Hall, Cambridge. 2 January 2015. Archived from the original on 3 January 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
- Blind Bitter Happiness in Sons and Mothers, ed. Matthew and Victoria Glendinning, London 1996, ISBN 1 86049 254 1
- Kid Gloves: a Voyage Round my Father, London 2015, ISBN 978 1 846 14875 0
- Featured in the opening literary event of the Pride London Festival Fortnight on 22 June 2009 at Foyles bookshop.
- Adam Mars-Jones at British Council: Literature