Francis King was a novelist, poet, and short story writer. He was born in Switzerland in 1925 and spent his childhood in India. Whilst at The University of Oxford he wrote three novels and then joined the British Council. He was the drama critic of the Sunday Telegraph and reviewed fiction extensively.
He wrote over twenty novels. His books include The Dividing Stream (1951), winner of the 1952 Somerset Maugham Award; A Domestic Animal (1970); and The Nick of Time (2002).