Rick Gekoski is a writer, rare-book dealer and former academic. He has written several widely praised non-fiction books including Staying Up, Tolkien’s Gown, Outside of a Dog and Lost, Stolen or Shredded. This is his first novel.
In 2005 he was one of the judges for the Man Booker Prize, and was then chair of the judges for the Man Booker International Prize 2011. He teaches creative non-fiction for the Arvon Foundation and sits on their Development Board. In 2014 he was elected a Lifetime Honorary Vice-President of English PEN.