James G Farrell

J G Farrell

Whilst JK Rowling may not be an old girl of Rossall, we do have our own fair share of literary talent and international prize winners.

One worthy of such mention is James G Farrell (SE 48-53). After leaving Rossall, he taught in Dublin before studying at Brasenose College, Oxford. He gained prominence for his historical fiction, most notably his Empire Trilogy  (Troubles, The Siege of Krishnapur and The Singapore Grip).

Troubles received the 1971 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and The Siege of Krishnapur  received the 1973 Booker Prize. In May 2010 Troubles was also retrospectively awarded the Lost Man Booker Prize.

The School still honours one of its most eminent authors and The Farrell Society meets monthly to review publications and provide encouragement to literary stars of the future.