Mark Hodkinson has been described by the Guardian as ‘One of the great unsung heroes of literature’. His most recent book, however, No One Round Here Reads Tolstoy – Memoirs of a Working-Class Reader has been a best-seller since publication in February 2022 and received universal acclaim. Born in Manchester, Mark has written for The Times for two decades, three years as a columnist. He has also contributed to the Observer, Guardian, Mail on Sunday, GQ and many others. His debut novel, The Last Mad Surge of Youth, was Q’s Novel of the Year for 2009 and his other, That Summer Feeling, (2018) has become a coming-of-age cult classic. He has written a series of distinguished sports books, among them, Blue Moon: Down Among the Dead Men with Manchester City, which is regularly cited as benchmark football book, and Believe in the Sign, which was long-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. He also commissioned and edited the much-acclaimed biography J.D. Salinger: A Life, which was made into a film starring Nicholas Hoult.