GLENN PATTERSON was born in Belfast. He is the author of seven acclaimed novels: Burning Your Own (1988), which won the Rooney Prize and a Betty Trask First Novel Prize; Fat Lad (1992); Black Night at Big Thunder Mountain (1995); The International (1999); Number 5 (2003); That Which Was (2004); and The Third Party (2007). A collection of his journalistic writings, Lapsed Protestant, was published in 2006. He teaches on the MA in Creative Writing at Queen's University Belfast and is a member of Aosdana.
'Glenn Patterson has become the most serious and humane chronicler ofNorthern Ireland over the past thirty years, as well as one of the best contemporary Irish novelists.'COLM TOIBIN'A funny, moving, politically astute novel rooted in the last three decades of Belfast's history. Beautifully observed and crafted, I'd recommend it to anyone who values honest prose.'A.L. KENNEDY'When Patterson succeeds, he succeeds brilliantly. No other novelist has proved as capable of capturing the heart of modern Belfast.'SUNDAY TRIBUNE