Alan Isler was born in London in 1934. In 1952, at the age of eighteen, he emigrated to the USA. He taught English Literature at New York's Queen's College form 1967 to 1995 and now lives in London. His first novel, The Prince of West End Avenue, was acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic. In America it won the National Jewish Book Award and was one of the five fiction nominees for the 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award. In Britain it won the Jewish Quarterly Fiction Award. His collection of novellas, Op. Non. Cit, is published by Jonathan Cape.