Francis Spufford, photographed in New Cross next to the site where a V2 rocket hit a Woolworth's killing 168 people in November 1944. The V2 rocket strike forms the beginning of Francis Spufford's novel "Light Perpetual" Francis Spufford is an English author and teacher of writing whose career has seen him shift gradually from non-fiction to fiction. His first novel Golden Hill received critical acclaim and numerous prizes including the Costa Book Award for a first novel, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Ondaatje Prize. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Francis Spufford was Chief Publisher's Reader from 1987–1990 for Chatto & Windus.
Francis Spufford was a Royal Literary Fund fellow at Anglia Ruskin University from 2005 to 2007, and since 2008 has taught at Goldsmiths College in London on the MA in Creative and Life Writing there. In 2018 he was made a professor.