China Miéville

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Literature
EditorsRichard Bradford
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Pages561-570
Number of pages10
VolumeII
ISBN (electronic)9781119652649, 9781119653066
ISBN (print)9781118902301
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020

Abstract

Born in 1972 in Norwich, China Miéville was raised in London, a city he claims ‘inhabited’ him ‘from quite a young age’, and which has pro- foundly influenced his writing. Indeed, few writers since Charles Dickens have staked a stronger literary claim to the city‚ which appears in various guises throughout Miéville’s work. Raised by a single mother, he attended pri- vate schools on scholarships from the age of eleven, and a boarding school for two years from the age of sixteen. As a child and teenager, Miéville was deeply interested in fantasy, science fiction, and role‐playing games; he was also involved from an early age in left‐wing politics, particularly the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the anti‐apartheid movement. These sets of seem- ingly divergent interests have left clear marks on his writing, and indeed on his life as a whole. As he told an interviewer in 2003, ‘Socialism and sf are the two most fundamental influences in my life’.

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China Miéville. / SANDBERG, Eric.
The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Literature. ed. / Richard Bradford. Vol. II London: John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 2020. p. 561-570.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary WorksRGC 12 - Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review