David Sexton was born in 1958 and educated at Colchester Royal Grammar School for Boys and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read English and then attempted a thesis about Vladimir Nabokov and the writing of English as a second language.
He has been Literary Editor of the London Evening Standard since 1997 and Radio Critic of the Sunday Telegraph since 1991. He has also contributed to many other papers and magazines including The Times Literary Supplement, The Spectator and Private Eye.
A keen reader of crime fiction, he has published a short study of the creator of Hannibal Lecter, The Strange World of Thomas Harris (Short Books, 2001). He lives in London.