Francis Spufford, a former *Sunday Times *Young Writer of the Year (1997), has edited two acclaimed literary anthologies and a collection of essays about the history of technology. His first book, *I May Be Some Time, *won the Writers' Guild Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of 1996, the Banff Mountain Book Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award. His second, *The Child That Books Built*, gave Neil Gaiman 'the peculiar feeling that there was now a book I didn't need to write'. His third, *Backroom Boys*, was called
'as nearly perfect as makes no difference' by the *Daily Telegraph* and was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He teaches writing at Goldsmiths College and lives near Cambridge.