Thorpe is, of course, the author of the acclaimed Ulverton and many other acclaimed novels since. My write-up on his latest, Hodd, appeared in Monday's Financial Times, beginning like so:
"There’s a special thrill to be had from the meeting of a good novelist with a historical figure of mythical proportion. Such was the pleasure in Peter Carey’s reinvention of Ned Kelly in True History of the Kelly Gang, which was “true” only if you believe, as did Picasso, that “art is the lie that tells the truth”. Now we have the encounter of Adam Thorpe and Robin Hood, or “Robert Hodd” as he is known in the stylised Middle English of Thorpe’s beguiling new novel..."