C. J. Sansom

Agent: Antony Topping


C. J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a Ph.D. in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer. He lives in Sussex.

He is the author of the bestselling Matthew Shardlake series of historical thrillers. DARK FIRE won the 2005 Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, awarded by the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA). Sansom himself was “Very Highly Commended” in the 2007 CWA Dagger in the Library award, for the Shardlake series. DOMINION won the 2012 Sidewise Award for Alternate History.

REVELATION was shortlisted for the Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year 2009 and the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger in 2008. HEARTSTONE was shortlisted for the 2011 Walter Scott Prize.

In 2012 BBC Radio 4 adapted DISSOLUTION into a 10-part radio serial and went on to broadcast DARK FIRE in 2014 and SOVEREIGN in 2015, also as 10-part serials.

C.J. Sansom’s foreign translation publishers include – Record (Brazil), Znajne (Croatia), BB Art (Czech Republic), Bazar and Klim (Denmark), Otava (Finland), Belfond (France), Scherz (Germany), Livanis (Greece), De Fontein (Holland), Agave (Hungary), Graff (Israel), Sperling & Kupfer (Italy), Shueisha (Japan), Younglim (Korea), Zvaigzne ABC (Latvia), Press (Norway), Muza and Albatros (Poland), Porto (Portugal), Nemira (Romania), Exmo (Russia), Evro Giunti and Laguna (Serbia), Salamandra and Ediciones B (Spain), Minotaur (Sweden), Pearl (Thailand), E Yayinleri (Turkey).

‘C. J. Sansom has created a convincingly realistic Tudor detective in Matthew Shardlake. He lives and breathes in an utterly convincing world, drawing the reader into the darker corners of history.’– Philippa Gregory, bestselling author of THE WHITE QUEEN and THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL.

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Books by C. J. Sansom