Andrew O’Hagan was born in Glasgow in 1968. He is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books. His book, The Missing, was shortlisted for the Esquire award, the Saltire Book Award and the McVitites Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year. His first novel, Our Fathers, was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize for Fiction and the 1999 Whitbread First Novel Award. In 1996 he published Be Near Me.