Nick Stone was born in Cambridge in 1966. His father is the historian Norman Stone, and his mother descends from one of Haiti's oldest families, the Aubrys. Nick spent his early years in Haiti, before returning to England to finish his schooling. As a teenager he took up boxing, but gave it up when he won a place to read history at Cambridge. Mr Clarinet is his first novel and was awarded the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger by the Crime Writers' Association for best thriller of 2006. He is married and lives in London.