(born 1944 - ) - St Monans, Fife
Christopher Rush was born in the Fife fishing village of St Monans in 1944. He read English at the University of Aberdeen, and taught English in Edinburgh for thirty years. His semi-autobiographical A Twelvemonth and a Day was published in 1985 and was selected as one of the 100 Greatest Scottish books ever. Twelvemonth and a Day was also made into a film in 1988, Venus Peter. His books Hellfire And Herring: A Childhood Remembered and Sex, Lies & Shakespeare continue the account of childhood and teenage experience in Scotland of the 1950s and 60s.
Christopher Rush has twice won Scottish Arts Council Book Awards, and was short-listed for the McVitie's Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year.
His most recent novel is a novelisation of the last days of William Shakespeare, simply called Will. In 2009 Rush edited Aunt Epp's Guide for Life: Miscellaneous Musings of a Victorian Lady. The book contains the diary entries of his great-great-aunt, with guidance on topics ranging from copper kettles to chastity.
- Hellfire And Herring: A Childhood Remembered
- Paperback - Profile
'Hellfire and Herring' gives a vivid account of the author's upbringing in the 1940s and 1950s in the little fishing village of St Monans. Rush returns decades later to rediscover his childhood, and offers a frank account of how it was for him.
- Sex, Lies And Shakespeare
- Hardback - Beautiful
This is the third in Rush's acclaimed series of memoirs. Here he reaches adolescence, and tells in vivid, poetic language how he discovered the world as a young man: how he encountered art, women, love, Shakespeare.
- To Travel Hopefully: Journal Of A Death Not Foretold
- Paperback - Profile
When Christopher Rush's wife suddenly died, his world fell apart. He lost faith in everything and depression took hold. At last he decided to try and reclaim his life in the least expected of ways. He went to France, bought a donkey and followed the path of Robert Louis Stevenson a century before him.
- Paperback - Beautiful
Christopher Rush's novel takes as its dramatic theme the deathbed meeting between William Shakespeare and his lawyer, as they meet to set out his final will and testament. As he answers his lawyer's questions, the Bard begins to recall his life.
- Peace Comes Dropping Slow - 1989
- Resurrection of a Kind - 1984
- Twelvemonth and a Day - 1985
- Into the Ebb - 1989
- Venus Peter Saves the Whale - 1992
- Last Lesson of the Afternoon - 1994
- To Travel Hopefully - 2005
- Hellfire and Herring - 2006
- Will - 2007
- Sex, Lives and Shakespeare - 2009
- Aunt Epp's Guide for Life (editor) - 2010