Cynan Jones was born in Wales in 1975. He is the author of five novels, published in over 20 countries. He has been longlisted for the Kirkus Prize (U.S.), the Warwick Prize, and the European Literature Prize (Netherlands); shortlisted for the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Prize, Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award; and won the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize, a Betty Trask Award, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award, and the BBC National Short Story Award.
He has written stories for BBC Radio, a screenplay for the TV crime drama Hinterland, and a collection of tales for children. Other writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, national newspapers, and in journals and magazines including Granta and The New Yorker.