Alex Preston was born in 1979. He lives in London with his wife and two children. He used to work as a trader in the City and is now studying at UCL for his PhD on Violence in the Novel. This Bleeding City is his first book, and is published by Faber and Faber in the UK, and across eleven further territories. It won the Spear’s and Edinburgh Festival first book prizes. Alex’s next novel, The Full Fathom Five, will be published by Faber in January 2012. Alex also writes a fortnightly column in the New Statesman and the lyrics of some of his brother’s songs. He studied English under Tom Paulin at Hertford College, Oxford.