Mick Jackson was born in Great Harwood, Lancashire in 1960 and has a degree in Theatre Studies from Dartington College of Arts. He is a graduate of the Creative Writing course at the University of East Anglia under the tutelage of Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. On leaving college he formed a band and worked as the singer/songwriter with various incarnations of The Screaming Abdabs and The Dinner Ladies. This resulted in the release of four records and appearances at festivals such as Glastonbury and Reading, as well as national radio sessions for DJs. In 1990 Jackson gave up his life of music and performance to concentrate on writing fiction. His books include The Underground Man (1997), shortlisted for the Booker Prize for fiction; Five Boys (2001); and Ten Sorry Tales (2005), a collection of short stories.
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