Simon Mawer is both a well-known novelist and a biologist. His historical novels include The Fall (2003), The Gospel of Judas (2000), and Mendel's Dwarf (1997). The son of a Royal Air Force pilot, Mawer spent his childhood in England, Cyprus and Malta. He attended university at Brasenose College in Oxford and earned his degree in biology. Following a brief tour of the Channel Islands, Scotland and Malta, Mawer settled in Italy. He now lives with his wife and two children in Rome, where he has spent the past twenty years teaching biology.