Novelist Lesley Glaister was born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England. She grew up in Suffolk, moving to Sheffield with her first husband, where she took a degree with the Open University. She was 'discovered' by the novelist Hilary Mantel when she attended a course given by the Arvon Foundation in 1989. Mantel was so impressed by her writing that she recommended her to a literary agent. Lesley Glaister's first novel, Honour Thy Father, won both a Somerset Maugham Award and a Betty Trask Award. Her other novels include Trick or Treat, Limestone and Clay, for which she was awarded the Yorkshire Post Book Award (Yorkshire Author of the Year), Partial Eclipse and Now You See Me, the story of the unlikely relationship between Lamb, a former patient in a psychiatric ward, and Doggo, a fugitive on the run from the police. Her latest novel is Chosen (2010). Lesley Glaister lives with her husband between Sheffield and Orkney. She has three sons and teaches Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.