Tom Rob Smith was born in 1979 the son of a Swedish mother and an English father, and was brought up in London where he lives today. After graduating from Cambridge University in 2001, he completed his studies in Italy, studying creative writing for a year. His first novel, Child 44 appeared in early 2008 and was translated into 17 languages. It was awarded the 2008 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for best Thriller of the year by the Crime Writer’s Association. On July 29, 2008 the book was named on the long list for the 2008 Man Booker Prize. In November 2008, Smith was nominated for the 2008 Costa First Novel Award.