Owen Martell was born in 1976 and grew up in South Wales. He shares his time between Wales and Paris. After studying at Aberystwyth and Oxford universities, he spent a number of years working as a reporter with the BBC. His first Welsh-language novel, Cadw dy Ffydd, Brawd (2000) won the Arts Council of Wales’ Welsh Book of the Year award in 2001, and was followed by Dyn yr Eiliad (2003), a novel hailed as a landmark in contemporary Welsh fiction, and Dolenni Hud (2008), a collection of short stories in collaboration with photographer Simon Proffitt. His first English-language novel, Intermission (2013), has been translated into French, German and Spanish and was an Irish Times Book of the Year in 2013.