Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963. The child of diplomats, he spent his childhood in Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Alaska and Canada and as an adult has lived in Iran, Turkey and India. After studying philosophy at University, he worked at various odd jobs before making a living as a writer from the age of twenty-seven.
His books include Self, The Life of Pi, and a short story collection.
He lives in Montreal.