The Penny Brothers - Mark and Jon - were born in the English Midlands, just a stone's throw from Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. It's a pity they don't have his talent.
Both graduates, Mark in Law and Jon in Fine Art, they've travelled far and wide in their pursuit of a good joke and are determined to keep writing comic fiction for as long as it takes. "People have said all sorts of things about our writing but no one ever said we weren't funny" says Jon.
The Hymie Goldman novels are living proof that fiction's always stranger than fact, whatever they say. "I think we're getting better with each novel," added Mark. "If only we could keep going until we're 98, we might write a bestseller!"