Christopher Priest was born in Cheshire, England. He began writing soon after leaving school and has been a full-time freelance writer since 1968.
He has published sixteen novels, five short story collections and a number of other books, including critical works, ghosted autobiographies, novelizations and children’s non-fiction.
In 2002 his novel The Separation won the Arthur C. Clarke Award. In 1996 Priest won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Prestige, then later also the World Fantasy Award – the only known occasion when a novel won both a major literary prize and a genre award. He has been nominated four times for the Hugo award. He has won several awards abroad, including the Kurd Lasswitz Award (Germany), the Eurocon Award (Yugoslavia), the Ditmar Award (Australia), and Le Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire (France). In 2001 he was awarded the Prix Utopia (France) for lifetime achievement.
His novel The Prestige was adapted for film and released by Warner Bros in 2006 to great critical success. It received two Academy Award nominations and was directed by Christopher Nolan – it is now frequently described as Nolan’s best film to date. Priest’s book The Magic tells the exclusive inside story of how the novel was adapted and filmed. Two of his novels are under contract for film adaptation. He is currently working on a screen adaptation of his novel The Islanders.
He has also written drama for radio (BBC Radio 4) and television (Thames TV and HTV).
Chris Priest’s recent novel The Evidence was published in 2020. A collection of stories, Episodes, was published in the UK in July 2019, along with the paperback edition of An American Story. His next novel, Expect Me Tomorrow, will be published in France as Rendez-vous demain in April 2022 – it will be published in the UK in September 2022. He has recently completed another new novel: Airside.
As a journalist he has written features and reviews for The Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman, the Spectator, the Washington Post and many different magazines.
In 2007 an exhibition of installation art based on his novel The Affirmation was mounted at the Chelsea Art Gallery in London. In 2017 an exhibition of art inspired by his novel The Prestige was mounted at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
Christopher Priest is Vice-President of the H G Wells Society.
He lives on the island of Bute in the west of Scotland, with his partner Nina Allan.