Ben Fergusson

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Ben Fergusson is a writer, editor and translator. Born in Southampton in 1980, he studied English Literature at Warwick University and Modern Languages at Bristol University, and has worked for ten years as an editor and publishing manager in the art world.

His short fiction has appeared in publications in both the UK and the US and has won and been shortlisted for a range of prizes, including the 2010 Bridport Prize. From 2009-2010 he edited the literary journal Chroma and since 2013 has been the editor of the short story magazine Oval Short Fiction.

His first novel, The Spring of Kasper Meier, was written during a four-year period living and working in Berlin. It is published by Little, Brown in the UK and Commonwealth. The novel was a Waterstones Book Club pick and won the 2015 Betty Trask Prize and Historical Writers' Association Debut Crown Award. It was also shortlisted for the Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award.


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The plot is tight, but it's the unflinching depiction of a desperate world in post-war Berlin, conveyed in beautiful prose, that makes this thriller so powerful.

Deirdre O'Brien
Sunday Mirror on The Spring of Kasper Meier

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There are pages of this novel where the keenness of observation and the rhythms of the prose call Graham Greene to mind.

Allan Massie
The Scotsman on The Spring of Kasper Meier

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