David Lucas was born in Middlesbrough and grew up in Hackney. His first book as author and illustrator, Halibut Jackson, was described as "an instant classic" by the Financial Times. He has since published 14 picture books, and one illustrated fable for older children, The Lying Carpet. His most recent book is This Is My Rock.
He lives in Leytonstone, in east London, with his wife and baby daughter.