Alex Preston was born in 1979 and lives with his family in London. His ﬁrst novel, This Bleeding City, won the Spear's Best First Book Award and the Edinburgh International Festival Readers' First Book Award and was selected for Waterstone's New Voices 2010. It has been translated into twelve languages.
His second novel, The Revelations, published by Faber in February 2012, tells the story of a group of young people who fall into a sinister religious movement. It was named as one of GQ's "100 Best Things in the World" and was one of the Financial Times' 2012 Fiction Picks.
His latest book, In Love and War, is set in 1930's Italy and was released to critical acclaim in July 2014. It featured on Radio 4's Book at Bedtime in November 2014.
Alex appears regularly on BBC television and radio and writes for GQ, Harper's Bazaar and Town & Country Magazine as well as for the Observer's New Review.
He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Kent and regular Guardian Masterclasses.
Alex loves: WG Sebald, JM Coetzee, Renata Adler, Alan Hollinghurst, Roberto Bolaño, Shirley Hazzard, Anne Michaels, JD Salinger.