Marcus Sedgwick is an author and illustrator. His many books for adults and children include Floodland, The Dark Horse and The Ghosts of Heaven. He has many prizes for his work, including the Branford Boase Award and the Booktrust Teenage Prize. Long obsessed with snow, he now lives on the fringes of the French Alps, in an old chalet d’alpage, high in the Haute Savoie.