Anthony Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1964. He was educated at St Francis Xavier’s College, a Catholic Grammar School, and at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he read Classics. He was the film critic of The Independent for 15 years (1998-2013). Having been a judge on the 2006 Man Booker Prize, he wrote his first novel the following year: the two events may have been related. The Rescue Man (2009) won the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. Since then, he has written eight others: Half of the Human Race (2011), The Streets (2012), Curtain Call (2015), Freya (2016), Eureka (2017), Our Friends in Berlin (2018), London, Burning (2021) and Molly & the Captain (2022). He also wrote the football memoir Klopp (2020). A film adaptation of Curtain Call, titled The Critic and starring Ian McKellen and Gemma Arterton, is due for release in late 2023. His new novel is based on the Wallace murder case in 1930s Liverpool.