Christopher Hope was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1944. He is the author of 10 novels including A Separate Development, which was banned by the South African apartheid regime, and for which he won the David Higham Prize; Kruger's Alp winner of the Whitbread Prize for Fiction; and Serenity House, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Other awards include the Cholmondeley Award (Society of Authors), the CNA Prize (South Africa) for his memoir White Boy Running and the PEN Silver Pen Award for his collection of stories: Learning to Fly. His libretto for the musical drama, A Distant Drum, was commissioned by Carnegie Hall in 2014. He is a contributor to the BBC, The Guardian and Courrier International . His non-fiction includes Moscow, Moscow! , Brothers Under the Skin: Travels in Tyranny, and most recently The Café de Move-On Blues. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and lives in France.