Alan Wall was born in Bradford and studied English at Oxford. After that he had many jobs, including schoolteacher, motorcycle despatch rider and print manager. For the last seven years he has been a professional writer, publishing five novels (most recently, China) and one book of short stories with Secker & Warburg
. His earlier book, Jacob
, written in verse and prose, was shortlisted for the Hawthornden Prize
. His work has now been translated into nine languages. In addition to his books he has published essays and reviews in many different periodicals, including the Guardian, Spectator, THES, Times, Jerusalem Review, Jewish Quarterly, PNReview, London Magazine and Agenda. He lives in north Wales and divides his week between writing and teaching. Most recently he was the inaugural RLF Fellow at Liverpool John Moores University. Alan now teaches creative writing full time at University College Chester.