Pauline Melville is the author of two short story collections and two novels. Her first novel, The Ventriloquist’s Tale (1997) won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Shape-Shifter (Telegram) won the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and the PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award. She has worked as an actress, appearing in films such as Mona Lisa and British television programmes including the BBC Television comedy series The Young Ones. She currently lives in London.