William Boyd was born in Ghana in 1952, and brought up there and in Nigeria. He was educated at the universities of Nice, Glasgow and Oxford. He is the author of a number of acclaimed and hugely popular novels and three volumes of short stories, and the recipient of many prizes, including the Whitbread First Novel Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award. He has also scripted a number of films and tv series including Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honour trilogy. He lives in Chelsea, London and in France.