Niall Griffiths was born in Liverpool in 1966 - a city with historical associations with north Wales. After studying English at Cambridge, and periods in several cities across Britain, he moved to Aberystwyth in west Wales where he now lives. He burst on to the literary scene in 2000 with Grits (Jonathan Cape), a ferocious novel narrated through a revolving series of vernacular voices. The novel has been adapted for television. Sheepshagger (Jonathan Cape) followed in 2001, and in many ways, was a sharpening of focus, confirming Griffiths's reputation as a serious novelist. His third novel, Kelly and Victor (Jonathan Cape) appeared in 2002, soon to be released as a film, Stump in 2003 (Jonathan Cape), followed by Wreckage in 2005. Runt (Jonathan Cape) was published in 2007 and his latest novel, A Great Big Shining Star, also with Jonathan Cape, in 2013.