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 and The Closed Circle. He was recently made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Jonathan Coe lives in London.