J L Carr was born in the North Riding of Yorkshire in 1912. After teaching in Hampshire and Birmingham, interrupted by his service flying reconnaissance missions during the Second World War, he became headmaster of Highfields Primary School, Kettering, in 1951. In 1967, having already had two novels published, A Day in Summer and A Season in Sinji, Carr decided to leave teaching and devote his time to publishing and writing. His fifth novel, A Month in the Country, was short-listed for the Booker Prize and later won the Guardian Fiction Prize. It was also made into a feature film. His sixth novel The Battle of Pollock’s Crossing was also short-listed for the Booker Prize. J L Carr died aged 81 in February 1994.