Susan Elderkin was born in Crawley, Sussex, in 1968, the daughter of an architect and a pianist. She studied English at Downing College, Cambridge, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia. She won a Wingate scholarship to research her first novel in Arizona, and the result, Sunset over Chocolate Mountains, won the Betty Trask award. ‘The Clangers’, which appears in Granta 81, is taken from her second novel, The Voices, which is set in the remote landscape of Western Australia. She lives in London.