ADAM THORPE was born in Paris in 1956. His first collection of poetry, Mornings in the Baltic, was published in 1988 and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award. His first novel, Ulverton, a panoramic view of rural English history, was published to great critical acclaim in 1992 and is now considered a modern classic. He has since published nine novels, five collections of poetry and two books of short stories. He has also published new translations of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin. He lives in France with his family and currently teaches at the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Nîmes and at the University of Nîmes.