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Death and Mr Pickwick author becomes Honorary Research Fellow at Roehampton

Stephen Jarvis, author of the critically acclaimed Death and Mr Pickwick is to become an Honorary Research Fellow in the department of English and Creative Writing. 

Posted: 27 January 2017

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University of Roehampton has invited Stephen Jarvis to become an Honorary Research Fellow as he works on his next historical novel. His research will be assisted by PhD candidate Ellie Reed, who has been awarded an AHRC TECHNE scholarship.

Over the course of his Research Fellowship at Roehampton, Jarvis will give master classes to students, telling the story of his own instant success with his novel, from writing to publication with two of the biggest English speaking publishers in the world.

Jarvis' debut novel, Death and Mr Pickwick explores the story behind, and people involved in, the creation of Dickens' first novel The Pickwick Papers, which was considered the most famous novel in the world for one hundred years. Death and Mr Pickwick was included on the Sunday Times Book of the Year and Oprah Winfrey's Best of Summer Fiction lists, and was described by BBC History Magazine as "the most remarkable historical fiction debut of 2015."

On becoming part of the University of Roehampton, Stephen Jarvis said "Writing historical fiction is about providing a 'time-machine' experience for readers. In the masterclasses on writing I shall be giving at Roehampton, I shall be showing students how to build their own time-machines. I am currently working on another grand historical epic - and I am sure Roehampton's research facilities will allow me to upgrade my personal Tardis!"

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