Caryl Phillips was born in St.Kitts but grew up in England where he began his writing life. Known primarily as a novelist – Crossing the River was on the Booker Prize shortlist and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and A Distant Shore won the Commonwealth Writers Prize – he has also published non-fiction, drama, and written for both television and the screen. He has received the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, Fellowships from the Guggenheim and Lannan Foundations, and has taught at many universities around the world, including in Singapore, Barbados, Ghana and the United Kingdom, where he was Visiting Professor at Oxford University. He has lived for some years in the USA, where he is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Professor English Literature at Yale University. His latest novel is A View of the Empire at Sunset (2018).