Staff Profiles


Dr James Hawes

Reader in Creative Writing

Department of English and Modern Languages

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr James Hawes

James is the author of six novels with Jonathan Cape. The first, A White Merc With Fins (1996), was a Sunday Times bestseller, as was his second, Rancid Aluminium (1997). This was filmed, starring Joseph Fiennes, whilst Michael Sheen starred in the adaptation of his third novel Dead Long Enough (2000). James was an activeco-producer on both,and satirized the movie business in White Powder, Green Light ("Bang on the money" - Daily Mirror) . The French edition of his2005 novel Speak for England ("deliciously entertaining" - Independent) became the front page news in Le Monde's book supplement.His most recent novel is My Little Armalite (“a prolific and increasingly subtle satirist" – Guardian, 2008). His study of Kafka - Excavating Kafka - (“absolutely brilliant and utterly infuriating” Guardian, 2008) was the basis of a BBC documentary televised in November 2008.