Nicola Barker was born in 1966 in Cambridgeshire.
She was the winner of the David Higham Prize for Fiction and joint winner of the Macmillan Silver Pen Award for Love Your Enemies, her first collection of stories.
Her other works include Five Miles from Outer Hope, Behindlings, Clear: A Transparent Novel, and Heading Inland, which received the John Llewellyn Rhys/Mail on Sunday Prize. Her novel Wide Open won the IMPAC Prize in 2000, while Clear was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2004. Darkmans was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Ondaatje prizes in 2007, and won the Hawthornden.
In 1993 she was voted one of Granta’s ‘Best Young British Novelists’ of the decade.
Nicola Barker lives and works in East London.