Yves Bonavero was born and educated in Paris. He first worked as a basketball coach with a women's team (who never won a match), then as a goat farmer in Perigord (kept losing his goats), a door-to-door insurance salesman, a magazine publisher, a 'barker' on the floor of the Paris Sugar Futures Market and an air controller in the French air force. In his early twenties, Yves moved to London where he spent fourteen years in the City, where he rose to lead a major financial conglomerate. He left the City at the age of thirty-seven to get acquainted with his family and pursue his interest in languages, literature, philosophy and cinema, going on to found Bonaparte Films. In 1996 Yves went to Oxford to read Philosophy and German, and graduated with a First Class degree in 1999. Encouraged by his Oxford literature tutors, he began to write psychological thrillers. Something in the Sea is his first book. He lives in London.