Courttia Newland was born in 1973 to parents of Caribbean heritage. In 1997, he published his first novel, The Scholar. Further critically acclaimed work followed, including Society Within (1999) and Snakeskin (2002). He is the co-editor of the anthology IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain (2000) and has short stories featured in many other anthologies including The Time Out Book of London Short Stories: Vol 2 (2000) and England Calling:24 Stories for the 21st Century (2001). His books include a novella, The Dying Wish (2006), and a collection of macabre short stories, Music for the Off-Key (2006). In 2007 he was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library Award. His latest book, which he co-edited with Monique Roffey, is The Global Village (2009).