Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas, London and Berlin. He left an unpromising career as a professional basketball player to study the Romantics. Since then he has taught high school English, edited a left-wing cultural magazine and written essays, stories and reviews for, among other publications, The New York Times, The Guardian, The London Review of Books and The Times Literary Supplement. His first novel, The Syme Papers, was published by Faber in 2004; it described a man who thought he could prove the earth was hollow. His second, Either Side of Winter, was set at a New York high school. His trilogy: Imposture, A Quiet Adjustment and Childish Loves concern the life of Lord Byron and were published by Faber in 2007, 2008 and 2011, respectively. In 2013 he was included in Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. His most recent novel, You Don’t Have to Live Like This (2015) was the winner of the James Tait Black Fiction Prize 2015.
Markovits has lived in London since 2000 and is married with one daughter. He teaches creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Agent Name: Georgia Garrett