DEXTER PETLEY was born in the Kentish Weald in 1955. He is the author of several acclaimed novels including Little Niveneh, Joyride and White Lies, which was longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award. He is also a translator and angler of international renown. Since leaving Britain in 1995 he has lived wild all over France, in sheds, barns, tents, caravans and ambulances, writing and fishing along the way. Home is now a Normandy forest, where he keeps chickens, drinks rainwater, grows vegetables and edits fiction.