Matthew Baker was born in Michigan. He grew up in a house in the woods where the trees were as tall as towers. One summer he and the neighbour kids built a trap - dug a pit in the ground, tossed stinkweed from the creek in, covered the hole with sticks and leaves and ran off to wait for something to fall in. They were hoping to catch a monster. Instead, they caught a parent. (Some might argue that's the same thing.)
Paul Kingsnorth is the author of two non-fiction books, One No, Many Yeses (2003) and the highly acclaimed Real England (2008), as well as a collection of poetry, Kidland (2011).
A former journalist and deputy editor of The Ecologist magazine, he has won several awards for his poetry and essays. In 2009, he co-founded the Dark Mountain Project, an international network of writers, artists and thinkers in search of new stories for troubled times.
Before becoming a writer and illustrator, Tom McLaughlin spent 9 years working as political cartoonist for The Western Morning News thinking up silly jokes about even sillier politicians. Then, in 2004 Tom took the plunge into illustrating and writing his own books. Since then he has written and illustrated picture books as well as working on animated TV shows for Disney and Cartoon Network.
Tom lives in Devon and his hobbies include drinking tea, looking out of the window, and biscuits. His hates include spiders, running out of biscuits, and writing biographies. The Accidental Prime Minster is his first published novel.