David Szalay was born in Montreal in 1974, moved to the UK the following year and has lived there for many years until recently moving to a small town in Hungary. He went to Oxford University and has written a number of radio dramas for the BBC, as well as three previous novels. He won the Betty Trask Prize for his first novel London and the South-East, along with the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He was recently named one of The Telegraph's Top 20 British Writers under 40 and has also made it onto Granta magazine's 2013 list of the Best of Young British Novelists. The author lives in Hungary.