Justin Cartwright worked in advertising and directed documentaries, films and television commercials. He also somehow found time to write 17 novels.
Cartwright’s books include the 1995 Booker-shortlisted In Every Face I Meet, the Whitbread Novel Award-winner Leading the Cheers, the acclaimed White Lightning, shortlisted for the 2002 Whitbread Novel Award, and The Promise of Happiness, winner of the 2005 Hawthornden Prize.
Other books include The Song Before It Is Sung, To Heaven By Water, Other People’s Money, Lion Heart and Up Against the Night. His novel Look At It This Way was made into a three-part drama by the BBC in 1992, and he also published three works of non-fiction.
Justin Cartwright was a judge for The Man Booker International Prize 2011.