David Whitehouse

Novelist and writer for film and television

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David's first novel, BED, was published in summer 2011 by Canongate in the UK and Scribner in the US. It won the Betty Trask Award 2012, was long-listed for The Desmond Elliot Prize, and is being developed as a film by Film4/Duck Soup with a script by Jack Thorne.

His second novel, Mobile Library, was published in 2015 by Picador in the UK and Scribner in the US. It won the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize and is being developed as a TV series by Channel 4/Duck Soup to be written and directed by Rachel Tunnard.

His third novel, The Long Forgotten, will be published in the UK by Picador in March 2018.

David has a number of television projects in development, including the comedies 1846 for FX, Recovery, Counter Intelligence and Dinosaur, all with Hat Trick, and the drama For Queen & Currency, based on the book by Michael Gillard, with Slim Film & TV.

David has written for The Guardian and The Times, and is Editor-at-Large of ShortList magazine. His journalism has won awards from The Times, the Evening Standard, the PTA and the PTC.






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    @BrianCentrone Something about novels being dead. To be honest I don’t even know what he’s on about

    Wrong for Will Self to say such things having only read my books.

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Comedy set during the American Civil War.


Drama based on Michael Gillard's For Queen and Currency

Slim Film and Television
In development

Comedy about a surgeon returning to work after a stint in rehab.

Hat Trick for Channel 4
In development

Comedy about the loosening grip on power of the rich white male.

Hat Trick Productions
In development

Comedy set in the world of Homeland Security and the fight against terrorism.

Hat Trick Productions
In development




Short film
Warp Films / Film4

Short film

Sigma Films

Short film

Warp Films