J. Paul Henderson

The photograph shows a partial section of shelving in the study. Eighty per cent of the collection is fiction, mostly American. Particular favourites are the books of Richard Ford, John Irving, Garrison Keillor, Michael Malone, Tom Robbins (another No Exit Press author), Richard Russo, Tim Sandlin and the late Kurt Vonnegut, whom I once had the pleasure of meeting. (Yet to be shelved are the short stories of George Saunders, a recent and gratifying discovery). Interspersed are novels by British, European and South American authors, among them Jonathan Coe, David Lodge, Joseph Skvorecky and Mario Vargas Llosa; music biographies of artists such as Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa and Warren Zevon; and American history books. Out of shot, but always to mind, is a large Swedish crow assembled from felt, leather and metal.


J. Paul Henderson was born and grew up in Bradford, West Yorkshire, gained a Master’s degree in American Studies and travelled to Afghanistan. He worked in a foundry, as a bus conductor, trained as an accountant and then, when the opportunity to return to academia arose, left for Mississippi, returning four years later with a doctorate in 20th Century US History and more knowledge of Darlington Hoopes than was arguably necessary. (Hoopes was a Pennsylvanian socialist and the last presidential candidate of the American Socialist Party). American History departments were either closing or contracting, so he opted for a career in academic publishing. He now lives in a house in England, drives a car and owns a television set. And that’s about it.

His debut novel, Last Bus to Coffeeville, will be published by No Exit Press in April 2014.

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