Adam Feinstein

Adam Feinstein is an acclaimed British author, poet, translator, Hispanist, journalist and autism researcher. His biography of Nobel Prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life, was first published by Bloomsbury in 2004 and updated in 2013. Harold Pinter called it ‘a masterpiece’. In the same year, Feinstein launched Cantalao, a biannual magazine dedicated to Neruda’s life and work. His book of translations from Neruda’s Canto General, with colour illustrations by Brazilian artist, Ana Maria Pacheco, was published by Pratt Contemporary in 2013.

His other works.

He also wrote the introduction to the Folio Edition of Jorge Luis Borges’ Labyrinths (2007).

Feinstein’s book, A History of Autism: Conversations with the Pioneers (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), also received widespread praise. He founded the international autism magazine, Looking Up .

Adam broadcasts regularly for the BBC. He writes for the Observer, the Financial Times and the Times Literary Supplement, and is also a film critic and historian. He is a specialist in the life and work of Michael Curtiz, who made Casablanca.

His translations of Neruda, Federico García Lorca, Mario Benedetti and others, as well as his own poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including Agenda,AcumenPN Review, Poem and Modern Poetry in Translation.

Feinstein is currently writing a book on cultural policy in Cuba, a book on autism and employment, a novel and a play about Neruda’s friendship with Lorca.

Literary works

Coming soon

This gripping novel is told through the words of Carlos Ibarra, a Basque stowaway on board the Winnipeg – the fishing boat chartered by Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, in 1939 to ship more than 2,000 Spanish Republican refugees from Bordeaux, in France, to Valparaíso in  Chile.

Ibarra is a young anarchist poet who, in flashback, recalls his fascinating, complex and touching friendship with Neruda. Little by little, as we gain insights into Ibarra’s fevered brain addled by disgust at what he sees as Neruda’s multiple betrayals, as well as envy at Neruda’s growing fame, we come to understand the twisted motives behind a horrendous plot to blow up the Winnipeg mid-Atlantic.

Written by Adam Feinstein (Pablo Neruda’s acclaimed biographer), poignant details above and below deck are skilfully woven to create a novel of passion, poetry, pride and searing jealousies and betrayals – but above all, an exceptionally exciting thriller. In Feinstein’s The Bomb on the Winnipeg, the suspense is interspersed with the intriguing and moving backdrop of a complicated love-hate relationship between two men: one a future Nobel Prize-winning poet and the other an embittered young man with ambitions of his own, thwarted by private torment.

Praise for other books by Adam Feinstien

‘This is a magnificent biography’
– Harold Pinter


‘Feinstein’s biography is fuelled by an infectious enthusiasm for the poems: this is its greatest strength. But it also has an admirable patience with the dizzying detail of his life … It is crammed with adventure stories, narrow scrapes, passionate encounters’
– Andrew Motion, Former British Poet Laureate, Guardian

‘Adam Feinstein’s Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life is a compelling celebration of a lover of wine, women and song …’
Daily Telegraph, picking the book as ‘one of the top biographies of the year’ in 2013

‘A treasure-trove of conversations … a unique resource for future generations and a terrific book’
– Professor SIMON BARON-COHEN (director of Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre)


‘Adam Feinstein brings the people and concepts vividly to life in this insightful and comprehensive book.’
– Professor FRED VOLKMAR (director of Yale University’s Child Study Centre)


‘Feinstein’s deep understanding of the field leads to excellent questions and penetrating discussions. This wonderful combination will be irresistible to anyone interested in how the field got to where it is now and where it might be going.’ 
– Professor GARY MESIBOV (University of North Carolina School of Medicine and former director of Division TEACCH)


‘This unique book is a must–read for scholars, students, parents and professionals; it provides a balanced and historical perspective on what we know and what we don’t yet know about autism … I came away with genuine optimism that our ability to transform the lives of millions of children and adults with autism from around the world will be achieved in the near future, with the help of visionaries like Adam Feinstein.’
– (Professor HELEN TAGER-FLUSBERG, Boston University)