Sophie Hannah was born in Manchester in 1971, and now lives in West Yorkshire. She has published four collections of poetry and is a regular performer of her own work. In 1995 she won an Eric Gregory Award for her first poetry book, The Hero and the Girl Next Door, and in 1996 she won an Arts Council Award for her second collection, Hotels Like Houses. In June 2004, her fourth poetry book, First of the Last Chances, was chosen for the Poetry Book Society's 'Next Generation' promotion. Sophie also writes fiction and won first prize in the 2004 Daphne Du Maurier Festival short story competition. In May 2007, Sort of Books will publish her first collection of short stories. Her latest novel, Little Face, is published by Hodder & Stoughton.