Simon Mawer was born in 1948 in England, and spent his childhood there, in Cyprus and in Malta. He then moved to Italy, where he and his family lived for more than thirty years, and taught at the British International School in Rome. He and his wife currently live in Hastings. Simon Mawer is the author of several novels including the Man Booker shortlisted The Glass Room, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky and Tightrope.
Mawer writes about fear and about bravery better than any contemporary novelist I know - ObserverSuch rewarding reading . . . Mawer is a genuinely great contemporary writer - Financial Times