Maddie Mortimer was born in London in 1996, and studied English Literature at the University of Bristol. She has worked in marketing and as a screenwriter. Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies is her first novel. It won the 2022 Desmond Elliott Prize for best debut novel. It has also been longlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2022, and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2023. Maddie has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Young Writer of the Year Award 2023.