Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. An award-winning novelist, biographer and critic, his novels include What a Carve Up! (which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger), The House of Sleep (which won the Writers' Guild Best Fiction Award), The Rotters Club and The Closed Circle . He is also the author of the highly acclaimed biography of the novelist B. S. Johnson, Like A Fiery Elephant. He lives in London.