Michael Pearce was raised in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, where his fascination for language began. He later trained as a Russian interpreter but moved away from languages to follow an academic career, first as a lecturer in English and the History of Ideas, and then as an administrator. Michael Pearce now lives in London and is best known as the author of the award-winning Mamur Zapt books.
`Impeccable historical details ... enjoyable reading' Sunday Telegraph
`A wily protagonist and racing narrative combine for perfect entertainment' Time Out
`Ingeniously imagined and zestfully written' Literary Review