Richard Beard’s novels include Lazarus is Dead, Dry Bones and Damascus, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In the UK he has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and the Goldsmiths Prize and longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. He is also the author of four books of narrative non-fiction. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo, and has a Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia. His latest book, The Day That Went Missing, is available from Little, Brown, and Company.