Alice Thompson was born in Edinburgh and, due to her father's career, spent her childhood in various parts of Britain. She read English at Oxford University, and continued her studies there to complete a doctoral degree with a thesis on Henry James. She lived in Shetland as a writer in residence and was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Award in 2000. She currently lives in Edinburgh.
Her debut novella Killing Time, published in 1990, reveals the trademarks of Thompson's later fiction: set against the surreal backdrop of the London underground, the narrative announces the recurrent motifs of her subsequent novels: the investigation of the thin boundaries between desire and obsession, the blurred …
Germana, Monica. "Alice Thompson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 May 2008
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