I am the author of thirteen books—from novels to travelogues to children’s books—and a contributor to many more. My most recent book is, Hello, Stranger: How We Find Connection in a Disconnected World, published by Granta in July 2021.

Hello, Stranger. Book cover.

Hello, Stranger: How We Find Connection in a Disconnected World

Hello, Stranger weaves together stories from Bulgaria to Birmingham to Burma, with philosophy and history and anthropology, to explore our ticklish relationships with people we don’t know.

Sometimes it can be bewildering to live in a world of strangers. But Hello Strangers asks the question: what if the people we meet were not a problem, but a gift? Taking in stories of loneliness, exile and friendship from classical times to the modern day, Hello, Stranger asks: how do we set aside our instinctive xenophobia – fear of outsiders – and embrace our equally natural philoxenia – love of strangers and newness?

Hello, Stranger was a Bookseller Editor's Choice for summer 2021, and BBC Radio4 Book of the Week.

What are people saying?

Humane and heart-warming

— Bookseller Editor’s Choice
An elegant and moving exploration of what it means to connect with strangers turns into an elegy for a much-missed way of life... while Hello, Stranger is a beautiful meditation on the pleasures and pains of a world to which many of us yearn to return, it may also be an elegy for a world that is lost to us for some time to come.

— The Guardian
Will Buckingham has written a moving memoir of finding solace, after the death of his life partner, in travelling and talking in lands such as Myanmar that are culturally distant from his native England.

The Economist
A wonderful mix of history, anthropology and psychology

– The Herald
A treasure trove of all the possibilities strangers can be to each other. Read, learn and savour.

Madeleine Bunting, author of Labours of Love: The Crisis of Care
A glorious book, fabulously learned and funny, and filled with all manner of stirring stories.

Philip Marsden, author of The Summer Isles
Buckingham provides a map for others to follow, showing that when we show kindness to strangers, we may be entertaining angels unawares

– John Paul Flintoff, author of How to Change the World (School of Life)
Hello, Stranger links a personal story with a wider consideration of how humans and other primates make connection beyond their home communities. It explores loneliness and loss, and why welcome matters… I was gripped.

– The Friend

Nonfiction

I write nonfiction, from travel writing to memoir, and from philosophy to academic works. Here are some of them.

Fascinating… As a memoir, ‘Stealing With the Eyes’ is powerful. Buckingham has a wonderful eye for detail, and the tale he has woven is gripping.

— Times Literary Supplement on ‘Stealing With the Eyes’

Fiction & Children's Books

I write fiction for children and adults.

History, scholarship and finely honed literary skills combine to produce a minor masterpiece.

— Creative Transformations Asia Blog on ‘Sixty-Four Chance Pieces’
This is a book that is memorable for all the right reasons. The story is gripping and highly original, and it is beautifully written

— Louis de Bernières on ‘The Descent of the Lyre’

Contributor

Here are some of the books I've contributed to over the years—from travel writing to philosophy.