Educated at Sutton Grammar School, Sheffield University and Nottingham University, Christopher Bigsby is a Professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia, and runs the Arthur Miller Centre for American Studies there. As a broadcaster he presented Radio 4's Kaleidoscope over eight years and also presented Off the Page. For the last 17 years he has chaired the British Council Seminar on Contemporary British writing, bringing participants from over 40 countries each year to meet with key British authors. For the last ten years he has also run the Arthur Miller Centre International Writers Festival, sponsored by Waterstones. In addition to three novels, he has written many academic books.