‘Idiopathy’ is the debut novel by UEA alumnus Sam Byers and is published by Fourth Estate this week. Sam was born in 1979 and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2003. He is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing under the supervision of Giles Foden and Rachel Potter. He is a regular reviewer for the TLS and has previously published fiction in Tank, Blank Pages, and Granta, where an extract from ‘Idiopathy’ was featured last year in an issue themed ‘Britain’. Earlier this year ‘Idiopathy’ was included as one of the Waterstones 11, an annual list of the eleven best debut novels of the year, while Sam himself was chosen as one of the Daily Telegraph’s ‘Five Young Novelists for 2013’.