Anthony Cartwright was born in Dudley in 1973. In 1993 he left to study English and American Literature at UEA. Following jobs in factories, meatpacking plants, pubs, warehouses and with London Underground, he retrained as an English teacher in 1998, working for years in the East End of London and in Nottinghamshire, where he remains today. His debut The Afterglow won much acclaim and a Betty Trask Award in 2004. Heartland was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Best Novel in 2010. His latest book, How I Killed Margaret Thatcher, was published in 2012. Anthony is writer-in-residence at Abbey Manor College, London.