Bernard Beckett has a degree in Economics, and has taught in the Wellington region for several years. He has published a book of non-fiction (Falling for Science: Asking the Big Questions (2007)), and eight novels, for which he and has won many awards. His novel Genesis (2006), which won the Young Adult Category in the 2007 NZ Post Book Awards, made publishing history in 2008 when UK publisher Quercus Books offered the largest advance ever put forward for a young adult novel in New Zealand. The novel is to be released in the UK as two separate editions: adult and young adult, and is to be published - at this date - in over 20 countries. Bernard currently lives in Wellington with his wife, Clare Knighton (his co-author on Deep Fried).