Rachel Seiffert was born in Birmingham in January 1971 but has spent most of her life in Oxford and Glasgow. Rachel Seiffert is the daughter of a German mother and Australian father and was bullied at school for being a ‘Nazi’, so had a strong sense as a child that being German meant being bad. The Dark Room is her first novel. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won a Betty Trask Award in 2002. Her second book was a collection of short stories, Field Studies (2004). She now lives in London.