A.L. Kennedy was born in Dundee, Scotland, in 1965. Her first collection of short stories, Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains, won the Saltire Award and the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. This was followed by the novel Looking for the Possible Dance, which won a Somerset Maugham Award; another collection, Now That You're Back; and a second novel, So I Am Glad. Her latest novel is the critically acclaimed Everything You Need. In 1993 she was chosen as one of the 20 Best of Young British Novelists. She wrote the script for the BFI/Channel 4 film Stella Does Tricks. She lives in Glasgow.