Toby Litt grew up in Ampthill, Bedfordshire. He has worked as a teacher, bookseller and subtitler. A graduate of Malcolm Bradbury’s creative writing course at the University of East Anglia, he is the author of two books of short stories, Adventures in Capitalism and Exhibitionism, and nine novels; most recently King Death. He won the Manchester Fiction Prize 2009 with his story 'John and John'. He teaches at Birkbeck College.