Andrew Towers grew up and lives in Hartlepool. He studied English Literature at University College London before graduating with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in 2007. His short story, Jellyfish , won the Guardian Short Story Award in 2010. He has worked as a cleaner in a Unitarian holiday hostel, a call centre helpline assistant and, currently, a bingo caller. He used to share his home with two Russian Dwarf Hamsters called Jeeves and Wooster, but they passed away in quick succession in May 2013.