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David Flusfeder was born in Summit, New Jersey (the site of the Velvet Underground's first concert), and spent the first six years of his life in Berkeley Heights, a dormitory town that is notable for little more than being the home town of Mary-Jo Kopechne, who died in the Chappaquiddick incident.

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His father was born in Warsaw, reaching the USA by way of England, Iraq, Palestine, Monte Cassino, and a forced-labour camp in Siberia; and his mother was from the East End of London.

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Since 1967, he has lived mostly in London, with a few years in New York City.

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He has published seven novels -- the most recent, John the Pupil, is published by 4th Estate in the UK and HarperCollins in the USA. He has also written film scripts and is working on an opera, Army Of Lovers, with the composer Mark Springer.


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Flusfeder has been a tv critic for The Times, and a poker columnist for the Sunday Telegraph. His short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines, including Esquire, Arena, New Writing 8, Fatherhood, The Jewish Quarterly, The Agony & The Ecstasy.

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He attended the universities of Sussex and East Anglia, has worked as a film projectionist, cinema manager, and teacher of creative writing in such venues as the universities of East Anglia, Brunel and East London, and at Pentonville Prison. He is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Kent and lives in South London and Deal with his wife and two children.

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