Biography

«Xavier Bosch was already a full-fledged narrator long before he became known as one of the protagonists of the Catalan journalistic star system.»
Sebastià Alzamora

Xavier Bosch

Xavier Bosch was born in Barcelona in 1967. He is the author of nine novels and two collections of short stories. He has won the most relevant narrative awards in Catalan literature: Sant Jordi Award (2009) and Ramon Llull Award (2015). On five occasions, his stories have been “the best-selling book” during the Diada de Sant Jordi (Sant Jordi Day).

A journalist with a long history, he has been the creator of successful audiovisual formats such as “Alguna Pregunta Més?” (with Antoni Bassas), “El món a RAC 1”, “El gran dictat” or “El Barça juga a RAC 1”.

On TV3 he has directed “Un tomb per la vida”, “Aquest any, cent” and “Àgora”. He has directed the classical music documentaries “La fleur” and “Revolutionary Quartet: l’enigma Gerhard”.

He directed newspaper “AVUI” and, since 2010, he has been a founding partner and member of the editorial board of newspaper “ARA” . Member of the philological section of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans, since 2000 he has written articles in Mundo Deportivo about Barça, his passion.

Chronology

1967

  • He was born at the Clínica del Pilar in Barcelona, on July 21, 1967.

1971

  • He entered the Sant Gregori School, in the Sant Gervasi neighborhood, and spent fourteen years there, until finishing COU (preparatory one-year course for the university entrance examinations).

1991

  • He holds a degree in Journalism from the UAB.
  • He wins the scholarship as a press attaché of the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg.
  • Correspondent in Strasbourg for La Vanguardia during a course.

1992

  • He takes Doctoral degree in journalism at the UPF. Thesis on Carles Soldevila.
  • He becomes assistant professor at the UPF, with Josep Maria Casasús and Carlos Pérez de Rozas.
  • He publishes the book of narratives “Jo, el simolses”.
  • Editor-in-chief of Table Tennis at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

1993

  • Director of the TV3 program “Un tomb per la vida”, by Joaquim Maria Puyal.

1994

  • Creator, with Antoni Bassas, of “Alguna Pregunta Més?” in Catalunya Ràdio.
  • Finalist of the Joaquim Ruyra Award (Premi Joaquim Ruyra) for youth novels with “La Màgia dels reis”.

1995

  • ”Alguna Pregunta Més?” becomes the humorous space at the end of “El Matí de Catalunya Ràdio”, working in tandem with Manel Fuentes.

1996

  • Premiere of the theatrical monologue “El culékulé”, with Miquel Cors, at the Teatre Arnau. More than 150 performances produced by Focus.
  • Screenwriter for “El xou de la Diana” on TV3, with Lloll Bertran.

1997

  • Ondas de Ràdio Award (Premi Ondas de Ràdio) for “Alguna Pregunta Més?”, with Antoni Bassas and Manel Fuentes.
  • Beginning of the radio space “Crítica de la Opinió Publicada”, in Matí de Catalunya Ràdio, alternating with Quim Monzó.
  • Directs, with Antoni Bassas and Eduard Boet, ”Aquest any, cent” in TV3. In preparation and filming phase.

With Joel Dicker

1998

1999

  • He directs, with Bassas and Boet, the TV3 program “Aquest any, cent” about Barça’s centenary.

2000

  • Content coordinator at RAC 1, since months before the birth of the radio station on May 1, 2000. He will be there for seven years.
  • He edits and presents “Cafè Baviera” on RAC 1 at midnight for four seasons.
  • He directs and presents “El Barça juga a RAC 1”, with Joan Maria Pou, Jordi Gràcia and Raül Llimós, for four seasons.
  • He starts the collaboration with Mundo Deportivo, with weekly or daily opinion to this day.

2001

  • He settled in Sant Cugat del Vallès.

2004

  • He creates and edits “El món a RAC 1”, from 6 to 12 am. He gets up very early in the morning for three seasons.

2006

  • His daughter Aran is born.

2007

  • Radio Association of Catalonia Award (Premi Ràdio Associació de Catalunya) for “El món a RAC 1” as best radio program.
  • He directed the newspaper “AVUI” until January 2009.

2009

  • Directs and presents the program “Àgora” on TV3, for four seasons.
  • Creator of the program “El gran dictat” on TV3. It will be broadcast until 2016.
  • Wins the Sant Jordi Award (Premi Sant Jordi de novel·la) for “Se sabrà tot”.

2010

  • He is one of the founding members of the newspaper ARA. Columnist and member of the editorial board since day one.
  • The novel “Se sabrà tot” is Sant Jordi’s best-selling book.

2012

  • Publishes the novel “Homes d’honor”.
  • He hosts the interview with President Artur Mas from Palau de la Generalitat, on TV3. October 2012. Record audience: 850,000 viewers on average.

2013

  • Directs the documentary “La fleur”, Josep Carreras’ fight against leukemia. The documentary premieres at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

2014

2015

  • His great friend and mentor Francesc Garriga dies.
  • Wins the Ramon Llull Award (Premi Ramon Llull) with the novel “Algú com tu”.
  • “Algú com tu” is Sant Jordi’s best-selling book.

2016

2017

  • Publishes the novel “Nosaltres dos”.
  • He publishes, with Pilarín Bayés, the book “Catalunya”.
  • He wins the Quim Regàs Award for Journalism (Premi Quim Regàs de Periodisme), delivered in the Catalan Parliament.
  • His collaboration at “Islàndia” on RAC 1 begins, with Albert Om. He will be there for six seasons.
  • “Nosaltres dos” Sant Jordi’s best-selling book.

2018

  • He participates in the Festival Internationale de la Littérature in Montréal, Quebec. Events are held in the Maison des Écrivains and in the Université de Montréal.

2019

2020

  • He directs, with Josep Badell, the documentary “Camí dels somnis”, about the construction of the Johan Cruyff Stadium. The documentary premieres on Barçatv.

2021

  • Publishes the novel “La dona de seva vida”.
  • He joins as a full member the Secció Filològica de l’Institut d’Estudis Catalans (Philological Section of the Institute of Catalan Studies).

2022

  • He directs, with Josep Badell, the documentary “Revolutionary Quartet: l’engima Gerhard”. The documentary premieres at the In-Edit festival and on TV3 at the end of 2023.
  • Publishes a story in the collection “Grand hotel” with other authors.

2023

  • Publishes the novel “32 de març”.
  • He pronounces “El pròleg de Sant Jordi” (Sant Jordi’s Prologue) and lists 100 reasons to read in the Palau de la Generalitat.
  • The novel “32 de març” is Sant Jordi’s best-selling book.
  • “Revolutionary Quartet: l’enigma Gerhard” wins at the Festival In-Edit the award for best documentary.

With Douglas Kennedy

Awards

Thank you speech for the Sant Jordi Award for Se sabrà tot. Terrassa, December 2009.
Literary and journalistic awards
Francès
Búlgar

Presentations in the world

Montreal, Leipzig, Sofia, Frankfurt, Munich are cities that have invited Xavier Bosch to present his novels.
All translations