Adam Thorpe was born in Paris and has lived in the Cévennes with his family since 1990.

He is the author of six books of poetry, 10 novels, two collections of stories, many radio plays and broadcasts, a stage play, and numerous reviews for major newspapers and journals. His first novel, Ulverton (1992), described as "a masterpiece" by The Sunday Times, is now a Vintage Classic, while his first work of non-fiction, On Silbury Hill (Little Toller, 2014) was BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week.

His latest book, Notes from the Cévennes: Half a Lifetime in Provincial France, was published in May. The Irish Times describes him as "not only Britain’s most underrated writer, but also among the most original."