Graham Robb was born in Manchester in 1958 and is a former Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He has published widely on French literature and history, including biographies of Victor Hugo (which won the Royal Society of Literature Heinemann Award and the Whitbread Biography Award in 1997) and Rimbaud (shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2000). The Discovery of France won both the Duff Cooper and Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prizes. His most recent book, Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris, was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. He is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and lives on the English-Scottish border.