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Michael Carson is the pen name of British author Michael Wherly. He is most well known for his Benson trilogy of novels, about a young man growing up Catholic and homosexual.

Childhood and education

Carson was born in 1946 in Wallaseymarker, in the north-west of England. He was brought up a devout Catholic.

After attending university at Aberystwythmarker and Oxfordmarker, and training at International House World Organisation in London, he spent twenty years teaching English as a Foreign Language primarily in the Arab world. He has lectured in writing at Liverpool John Moores Universitymarker, the University of Liverpoolmarker and the University of Lancastermarker. He mentors for Crossing Borders, a project to encourage African writers. Carson won the Writers Inc prize in 2006 for his story All over the Place.

He has also worked as a lifeguard.

Short stories

Carson released a collection of short stories in 1993, Serving Suggestions, published by Victor Gollancz (ISBN 0-552-99586-X), which includes "The Punishment of Luxury". A further collection of short stories, The Rule of Twelfths, was published by Headland in May 2008.. Fifty short stories by Michael Carson have also featured on BBC Radio Four.


The Benson Trilogy

Sucking Sherbet Lemons ISBN 0-552-99348-4

Stripping Penguins Bare ISBN 0-552-99465-0

Yanking Up The Yoyo ISBN 0-552-99524-X

Other novels

Friends and Infidels ISBN 0-552-99380-8

Coming Up Roses ISBN 0-552-99421-9

Demolishing Babel ISBN 0-385-40431-X

Dying in Style ISBN 1-853-71817-3

Hubbies ISBN 1-853-71678-2

The Knight of the Flaming Heart ISBN 0-385-40651-7


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