Nicolas Mathieu was born in 1978 in Épinal, a small town in north-eastern France. After studying history and cinema, he moved to Paris, where he worked variously as a scriptwriter, a news editor, a private tutor, and a temp in the town hall. His first novel Aux Animaux La Guerre won the Erckmann-Chatrian prize, the Transfuge prize and the critics’ award at the Prix Mystère. His second novel, And Their Children After Them, was published to universal acclaim in 2018 and won various prizes including the most coveted prize in France, the Prix Goncourt. He lives in Nancy.