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Tom Rachman (born 1974)[1] is an English/Canadian novelist. His debut novel was The Imperfectionists, published in 2010 by Dial Press, an imprint of Random House.[2] The book has been published in 25 languages.

Rachman was born in London, England, and grew up in Vancouver. Rachman studied cinema at the University of Toronto and obtained a master's degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He worked as a journalist for the Associated Press and the International Herald Tribune. He currently lives in London. His brother is the Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman; their sister Emily died of breast cancer in 2012.[3]




  • The Imperfectionists (2010), longlisted for the Giller Prize[4] and winner of the Canadian Authors Award for fiction[5]
  • The Rise & Fall of Great Powers (2014)
  • Basket of Deplorables (2017), shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize for best collection of stories[6]
  • The Italian Teacher (2018), shortlisted for the Costa Award for best novel[7]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2013-07-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Publishers Weekly". Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  3. ^ "How I mourned my sister through the books she left behind". Washington Post. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Scotiabank Giller Prize 2010 Announces Its Longlist". Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  5. ^ "Winners of CAA Literary Awards Revealed - The BPC". Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  6. ^ "Shortlist 2018". Short Story. 2018-06-18. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  7. ^ "Shortlist for 2018 Costa Book Awards announced". Evening Standard. Retrieved 2018-11-23.

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