Alex Preston

  • Redhill, Surrey


Alex Preston was born in 1979 and studied English at Oxford University.

His first novel, This Bleeding City, was published in 2010 and won both the Spear's Special Award (Best First Book) and the Edinburgh Festival Readers' First Book Award in the same year His second novel, The Revelations, about four friends who join a religious movement, The Course, and form a rock band, was published in 2012. His third novel, In Love and War, a historical romance, was published in 2014. He has also published As Kingfishers Catch Fire (2018), a personal anthology of writing about birds and nature.

He is a book reviewer for several national newspapers and lives in London.



As Kingfishers Catch Fire
In Love and War
The Revelations
The Bleeding City


Edinburgh Festival Readers' First Book Award
Spear's Special Award (Best First Book)

Author statement

I began to write because I felt that I was at the heart of a bizarre and dramatic period of human history. That I was privy to a story that needed telling and wasn't being told elsewhere. I hope that everything I write from here on has the same immediacy and urgency as my first novel. I write because my grandfather, Samuel Hynes, is a writer, and is the most admirable man I know. I write to give my kids something to read if I die.