Candia McWilliam

Standard Name: McWilliam, Candia
Birth Name: Candia Frances Juliet McWilliam
CMW is a Scottish writer who has lived for most of her adult life in London. She has published three novels, a volume of short stories, and a memoir. Her writing, family life, and success have suffered from severe alcoholism and from blepharospasm, a condition that rendered her functionally blind for a number of years before a successful experimental surgery alleviated her condition in 2009.


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Literary responses Margaret Forster
Candia McWilliam in the Independent summarised MF 's methods with what seems to begin as a metaphor from compost (the reclaiming of discarded waste): she says Forster aerates the sticky mass of life and its...
Literary responses Jane Gardam
Candia McWilliam , reviewing this novel, commented on JG 's capacity to present the same material from different viewpoints and to awaken reader sympathy even for unlikable characters. She secures tolerance, which is a crucial...
Reception Muriel Spark
In the run-up to Spark's centenary in 2018, Canongate published in 2016 omnibus volumes which each contain the text of three of her novels, under titles like Spark's Satire and Spark's Europe, and Polygon
Textual Production Emma Tennant
A volume of Tennant's shorter fiction appeared as The Bad Sister: An Emma Tennant Omnibus, with an introduction by Candia McWilliam .
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1 January 1916: The British edition of Vogue (an American...

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1 January 1916

The British edition of Vogue (an American fashion magazine) began publishing from Condé Nast in Hanover Square, London.


McWilliam, Candia. A Case of Knives. Bloomsbury, 1987.
McWilliam, Candia. A Case of Knives. Beech Tree Books, William Morrow, 1988.
McWilliam, Candia. A Little Stranger. Bloomsbury, 1989.
McWilliam, Candia. Debatable Land. Bloomsbury, 1994.
McWilliam, Candia. Debatable Land. Doubleday, 1995.
Tennant, Emma, and Candia McWilliam. The Bad Sister: An Emma Tennant Omnibus. Canongate Books, 2000.
McWilliam, Candia. Wait Till I Tell You. Bloomsbury, 1997.
McWilliam, Candia. What to Look for in Winter. Jonathan Cape, 2010.