Justin Hill’s Shieldwall, is the first of a series of novels re-examining the events and causes of the Norman Conquest in 1066. It was a Sunday Times Book of the Year, and was described as “superbly evoking the wordplay of the period’s poetry as it unfolds a compelling story of Earl Godwin’s battles against the Norse.” The sequel, Viking Fire will be out in November, 2016, and tells the story of Harald Hardrada.
His work has won numerous awards, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, Somerset Maugham and Betty Trask Awards. His first novel was a Washington Post Book of the Year and banned by the Chinese government. In 2014 he was selected to write the sequel to the Oscar-winning film, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, due for release in 2016.
He lives in the foothills of the North Yorkshire Moors.