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01 HomeThis is the official website of the British novelist and historian Jim Powell.

Jim Powell’s third novel, Things We Nearly Knew, was published by Picador in January 2018. It is set in a bar in an unnamed American small town, at an unspecified time, with the story told by an unidentified narrator. The paperback edition was published by Picador in January 2019.

His second novel, Trading Futures, was published by Picador in March 2016 and related the desperate, and sometimes hilarious, mid-life crisis of 60-year-old City trader, Matthew Oxenhay. His first novel, The Breaking of Eggs, dealt with the impact of fascism and communism on 20th century Europe. It was published in 2010 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK) and Penguin (USA).

Jim Powell was amongst the ‘12 of the Best New Novelists’ chosen by BBC2’s ‘The Culture Show’ in March 2011.

In November 2018, he was awarded a doctorate by the University of Liverpool. His thesis has now been turned into a book, Losing the Thread: Cotton, Liverpool and the American Civil War, which will be published by Liverpool University Press on 31 January 2021.