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and published seven novels, including Either Side of Winter, about a New York private school, and a trilogy on the life of Lord Byron: Imposture, A Quiet Adjustment and Childish Loves. His most recent novel, You Don’t Have To Live Like This, is about an experimental community in Detroit. Granta selected him as one of the Best of Young British Novelists in 2013. Markovits lives in London and is married, with a daughter and a son. He teaches Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.
PARTOU ZIA emigrated to England from Tehran in 1970, at the age of twelve. She studied Art History at the University of Warwick (1977–80) and Fine Art at the Slade (1986–91). In 1993 she moved to Cornwall, where she lived and worked until her death from cancer in March 2008. Zia married the artist Richard Cook in 2001 and during the last years of her life her painting developed, culminating in an exhibition at Tate St lves 2003. She was also a prolific author, though her written work was not published in her lifetime.
ANAKANA SCHOFIELD won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award and the Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction in 2013 for her debut novel Malarky. Malarky was also nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and named on many Best Book of the Year lists for 2012 and 2013. Martin John, her critically acclaimed second novel, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Schofield contributes criticism and essays to the London Review of Books blog, the Guardian, the Irish Times, the Globe and Mail and more.