Dan Vyleta is the son of Czech refugees who emigrated to Germany in the late 1960s. After growing up in Germany, he left to attend university in the UK where he completed a PhD in History at King's College, Cambridge. His debut novel, PAVEL & I, gathered immediate international acclaim and was translated into eight languages. His second novel, THE QUIET TWIN, was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and his third, THE CROOKED MAID, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the J.I Segal Award. When not reading or writing novels, Dan Vyleta watches cop shows, or listens to CDs from his embarrassingly large collection of jazz albums. He lives in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Astonishing . . . it's filling in that gaping hole left by both Harry Potter and Philip Pullman's Northern Lights. Yes, really - Stylist on SMOKE For once both comparisons (with Harry Potter and Philip Pullman's Northern Lights) are apt.. this is a novel that stays in the imagination long after it is read - Guardian on SMOKE Mesmerising and imaginative... Smoke is at once profound, moving and timely: a novel that tackles the most fundamental question of good versus evil. - OBSERVER on SMOKE Like an adult version of the Harry Potter books with a touch of Dickensian dystopia...a sheer delight