David Gaffney lives in Manchester. He is the author of several books including Sawn-Off Tales (2006), Aromabingo (2007), Never Never (2008), The Half-Life of Songs (2010) and More Sawn-Off Tales (2013). He has written articles for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Prospect magazine. 'One hundred and fifty words by Gaffney are more worthwhile than novels by a good many others.' The Guardian. See www.davidgaffney.org for more.