Christopher Rush was born in the Fife fishing village of St Monans in 1944. He read English at the University of Aberdeen, and taught English in Edinburgh for thirty years. His semi-autobiographical A Twelvemonth and a Day was published in 1985 and was selected as one of the 100 Greatest Scottish books ever. Twelvemonth and a Day was also made into a film in 1988, Venus Peter. His books Hellfire And Herring: A Childhood Remembered and Sex, Lies & Shakespeare continue the account of childhood and teenage experience in Scotland of the 1950s and 60s.
Christopher Rush has twice won Scottish Arts Council Book Awards, and was short-listed for the McVitie’s Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year.
His most recent novel is a novelisation of the last days of William Shakespeare, simply called Will. In 2009 Rush edited Aunt Epp’s Guide for Life: Miscellaneous Musings of a Victorian Lady. The book contains the diary entries of his great-great-aunt, with guidance on topics ranging from copper kettles to chastity.