Michael Bracewell is a British novelist and critic. Born in London in 1958 he was educated at the University of Nottingham. His first novel, The Crypto-Amnesia Club, was published in 1988, followed by Divine Concepts of Physical Beauty in 1989, The Conclave in 1992, and Perfect Tense in 2001. His non-fiction includes a cultural history of England, England Is Mine: Pop Life in Albion From Wilde to Goldie (1997) and his writing is included in The Faber Book of Pop (1995) and The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Fashion Writing (1999).
He has been a key contributor to contemporary art magazine Frieze since its launch, and has written exhibition catalogues for contemporary artists including Sam Taylor-Wood, Ian Davenport and Gilbert & George. He has regularly contributed to broadsheets such as the Observer, Guardian, and Independent, and magazines such as The Face and Harper's Bazaar. He has written and presented two documentaries for BBC television, a profile of Oscar Wilde and a film about architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner's guide to Surrey.
In 2002, he was invited by Book Works artists’ books publishers to collaborate with maverick artist Linder Sterling on a joint publication making a guide to an area of the north western coast of England, under the title I Know Where I’m Going, published in 2003. Bracewell's books have included a non-fiction portrait of the last decade of the 20th century, entitled The Nineties: When Surface was Depth (2002), and Roxyism (2004), a book about the art rock group Roxy Music. Bracewell contributed to The Edgier Waters: Five Years of 3AM, and has also worked as a consultant for the British Council in London.