Tim Pears was born in Kent in 1956. He has written novels and short stories, and occasional essay-length articles on sport. In the Place of Fallen Leaves was awarded the Hawthornden Prize in 1993; Tim received a Lannan Award in America in 1996; In a Land of Plenty was made into a ten-part series for the BBC in 2001. Tim enjoys teaching creative writing, which he's done a good deal of, including for Ruskin College, The Arvon Foundation and the University of Oxford International Summer School. He lives with his wife and children in Oxford, where his favourite pastimes are managing one of the teams in Summertown Stars football club, playing tennis, and walking wherever there are trees.