Sid Smith

Sid Smith spent the first seven years of his working life in laboring jobs. Since then he has hitchhiked 9,000 miles around the US, acquired a pilot's licence for paragliders, and been married with full Shinto rites at a shrine in southern Japan. He is the author of "A House By The River" as well as "Something Like A House," which won the Whitbread First Novel Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.