Richard Skinner is the author of two previous books of non-fiction, a writer's handbook Fiction Writing (Hale) and a book of essays, reviews and interviews Vade Mecum (Zero). He has written reviews and features for the Guardian, Financial Times, Sunday Times and Sight & Sound. He is also the author of three novels, all published by Faber & Faber. His fiction has been nominated for prizes and is published in seven languages. He is Director of the Fiction Programme at the Faber Academy and an avid Derby County fan.