Nina de la Mer was born in Scotland and grew up there and in Brighton, where she now lives with her husband and daughter. Her nonfiction book The Modern Maiden's Handbook, a satirical take on the woman's self-help genre, was published in 2007 by Portico. 4 AM, shortlisted for the West Dean Writer's Retreat Competition, is her first novel.
Bookgroup.info: 'Set on a British army base and in the anarchic club scene of '90s Hamburg, 4 a.m. tells the story of Cal and Manny, squaddies and diehard ravers, whose individual voices resonate in a sparkling debut novel of friendship, love and betrayal. An anthem for the E generation.' John Niven: 'Mesmerizing. And kind of frightening that a female writer can crawl so far into the male psyche.'