Born in 1956, Peter Benson was educated in Ramsgate, Canterbury and Exeter. His first novel, The Levels, won the Guardian Fiction Prize. This was followed by A Lesser Dependency, winner of the Encore award, The Other Occupant which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Award, and Two Cows and a Vanful of Smoke. He has also published short stories, screenplays and poetry, some adapted for TV, radio and many translated into other languages. His latest book Isabel's Skin was published by Alma Books in August 2012.