Nick is the author of four widely acclaimed novels, including Hooky Gear, which was mentioned in Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’ in 2003. Barlay was born in London to Hungarian Jewish refugee parents and his first non-fiction book, Scattered Ghosts, is the story of his family over two centuries. It was longlisted for the Wingate Prize 2015. He has just completed, with the help of an Arts Council award, The Suicide of Eva Izsak, part memoir, part narrative of an unusual wartime suicide. He has also written short stories, award-winning radio plays and wide-ranging journalism, including a long-running series about London for The Times. He regularly teaches creative writing and life writing, as well as Guardian Masterclasses on writing family history.