Ross Raisin was born in Yorkshire in 1979, near Bradford and Ilkley. His first novel, God's Own Country, was published to great acclaim in 2008 and was shortlisted for nine awards including the Guardian First Book Award. In 2009 Ross was named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. His second novel, Waterline, was first published in 2011, was a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime and was described by Alan Warner in the Guardian as 'a work of grace: a human being rendered by a triumph of ventriloquism and empathy' and the author was described by Philip Hensher in the Telegraph as: 'a novelist of terrific ability and great verve'. Ross Raisin lives in London and is at work on his third novel.