Jane Gardam was born in Coatham, North Yorkshire in July 1928. Her first book for adults, Black Faces, White Faces, a collection of short stories, won the David Higham Prize for Fiction and the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. Her first novel for adults, God on the Rocks, won the Prix Baudelaire and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her other novels include The Queen of the Tambourine, which won the Whitbread Novel Award; Faith Fox; and The Flight of the Maidens. In 1999 she was awarded the Heywood Hill Literary Prize in recognition of a distinguished literary career. She has also written a number of children’s books including The Hollow Land and A Few Fair Days. She is a member of PEN and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.