Keith Lowe was born in 1970 and studied English Literature at Manchester University. After twelve years as a history publisher, he embarked on a full-time career as a writer and historian, and is now recognised on both sides of the Atlantic as an authority on the Second World War and its aftermath. His first novel, Tunnel Vision, was shortlisted for the 2001 Author's Club First Novel Award. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Inferno: The Devastation of Hamburg 1943, and Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II. His books have been translated into ten languages.