Rick Gekoski is one of the world’s leading bookmen: a writer, rare-book dealer, broadcaster and academic.
An American who came to England in 1966, and now a dual UK/US citizen, he has established two private presses, The Sixth Chamber Press and The Bridgewater Press, which issue finely printed editions of leading writers, novelists and poets.
As a broadcaster he has written and delivered three series of Rare Books, Rare People for BBC Radio 4, which he followed with two series of Lost, Stolen, or Shredded: The History of Some Missing Works of Art. Rick teaches creative non-fiction for the Arvon Foundation, and sits on their Development Board. He was a Man Booker Prize judge in 2005, and chair of the judges on the Man Booker International Prize in 2011.
Dr Gekoski's books include Staying Up, Tolkien’s Gown and Outside of a Dog, as well as a critical study of Joseph Conrad and the Bibliography of William Golding.