Alex Pheby was born in Essex and moved to Worcester in his early childhood. He has Master’s degrees in critical theory (Manchester Metropolitan University) and creative writing (Goldsmiths, University of London) and a doctorate in critical and creative writing from the University of East Anglia. Alex’s first novel, Grace, was published in 2009. His work deals with madness and social exclusion, loss, and the middle ground between reality and fantasy. His second novel, Playthings, has been nominated for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016. He currently lives with his wife and two children in London, where he teaches at the University of Greenwich.