Gareth Creer grew up in Manchester and spent eight years working in the City. He gave up a lucrative career to commit himself to writing fulltime. He took the MA in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam, and since October 1999 has been Writer in Residence at Leicester Prison in the Young Offenders unit. He is now also the Lecturer in Creative Writing at John Moore's University in Liverpool. He is the author of three novels, Skin and Bone, Cradle to Grave and Big Sky.