Christopher Priest was born in 1943 in Cheadle, a suburb of Manchester. He was educated at Manchester Warehouseman, Clerk’s Orphan School and, after leaving school, had a wide variety of jobs. Since 1968, he has lived entirely from his writing, which includes six novels, two story collections and one children’s book. His work has been translated into a number of languages, including Hebrew, Japanese, Russian and Bulgarian. In 1983, he was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists.