Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas, London, Oxford and Berlin. He is the author of The Syme Papers, Either Side of Winter, Imposture, A Quiet Adjustment, Playing Days, Childish Loves and the novel You Don’t Have to Live Like This, which won the 2015 James Tait Black Prize for Fiction. He has published essays, stories, poetry and reviews on subjects ranging from the Romantics to American sports in the Guardian, Granta, the Paris Review and the New York Times, among other publications. In 2013 Granta selected him as one of their Best of Young British Novelists and in 2015 he won the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award. ‘Picking Up Nathan from the Airport’ is an excerpt from Christmas in Austin, forthcoming from Faber & Faber in 2019. He lives in London and teaches creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.