David Szalay was born in Canada, but moved to London. At the moment, he lives in Budapest. He studied English at Oxford University. The first piece of writing for which he was paid was a radio play for BBC Radio 4. He wrote a few more of those and then started work on a novel, which was eventually published as London and the South-East. It won the 2008 Betty Trask Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Since then, he has published four further books, including All That Man Is – which was short-listed for the 2016 Man Booker Prize and won the 2016 Gordon Burn Prize– and most recently Turbulence in 2018. His work has been translated into nearly twenty languages.