Alex Pheby was born in Essex and moved to Worcester in his early childhood. He
has Master’s degrees in critical theory (Manchester Metropolitan University) and
creative writing (Goldsmiths, University of London) and a doctorate in critical and
creative writing from the University of East Anglia. Alex’s first novel, Grace, was
published in 2009. His work deals with madness and social exclusion, loss, and the
middle ground between reality and fantasy. His second novel, Playthings, has been nominated for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016. He currently lives with his wife and
two children in London, where he teaches at the University of Greenwich.