Cynan Jones was born near Aberaeron on the west coast of Wales in 1975. He is the author of five novels: The Long Dry; Everything I Found on the Beach; Bird, Blood, Snow; The Dig; and Cove. His work has been published in more than 20 countries and his short stories have appeared in publications including Granta and The New Yorker. He has won a Betty Trask Award, a Jerwood Fiction Prize, the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize, and the 2017 BBC National Short Story Award. He has been long-listed for the Kirkus Prize, the Warwick Prize, and the Europese Literatuurprijs, and short-listed for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.