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Carlos Ruiz Zafón


Barcelona-born, LA-based author Carlos Ruiz Zafón writes fantastical literary thrillers packed with intrigue and adventure – with books themselves at the very centre of his stories.

His admirers include Stephen King and Margaret Atwood, as well as legions of fans.

The Shadow of the Wind, which sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, was the first in a quartet for younger readers that takes its inspiration from sources as disparate as Enid Blyton and Alexander Dumas.

His stories set in Barcelona’s (fictional) Cemetery of Forgotten Books have ‘the blissful narrative drive of a high-class mystery’ – and started, he says, with the image of ‘a wonderful labyrinth of books, this kind of mysterious library hidden inside a place’.

The Watcher in the Shadows, his latest young adult novel, has just been released – to great anticipation. He’ll be in conversation with Sian Prior.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón appears as part of a double-bill with Patrick Ness. Book your discounted tickets to both sessions here.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón appears with the support of the Consulate of Spain.


Sian Prior

Sian Prior is a writer, broadcaster and creative writing teacher. She presents programmes on ABC Radio and writes a monthly column for Fairfax. Sian’s essays have been published in Meanjin and her first book, Shy: A Memoir, was published by Text in 2014.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the author of six novels, including the international bestsellers The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game and The Prisoner of Heaven. His work has been published in more than 40 languages and honoured with numerous awards. He divides his time between Barcelona and Los Angele... Read more


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