Damon Galgut was born in Pretoria in 1963. He wrote his first novel, A Sinless Season, when he was seventeen. His other books include Small Circle of Beings, The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs, The Quarry, The Good Doctor, The Impostor and In A Strange Room. The Good Doctor was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Dublin/IMPAC Award and won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Africa region), The Impostor was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Africa region) and In a Strange Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He lives in Cape Town.