Acclaimed English author and book reviewer whose debut novel, This Bleeding City, won both the Edinburgh Festival Readers' First Book Award and The Spear's Best First Novel Prize.
After attending an English boarding school called Lancing College, he entered the University of Oxford's Hertford College.
He frequently appeared on The Review Show, a BBC2 book review program.
He was born in West Sussex, England. His grandfather, Samuel Hynes, had a career as a literary critic and a Princeton University professor.
His brother, Samuel Preston, was the lead singer of a British alternative rock band called The Ordinary Boys.