|Tim Lott was born in Southall, West London in 1956. After a career in journalism, his first book, The Scent of Dried Roses, a memoir, was published in 1996 and won the PEN/JR Ackerley Prize for Autobiography. His first novel, White City Blue, (1999) a contemporary portrait of friendship and rivalry between a group of young single men, won the Whitbread First Novel Award. It was followed Rumours of Hurricane (2002), a portrait of working class life in Britain in the 1980’s, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award.|
The Love Secrets of Don Juan (2003) explored the emotional terrain of divorce in middle age, while The Seymour Tapes (2005) was an experimental novel dealing with modern surveillance and its impact on family life.
His first Young Adult novel, Fearless, was published in 2007 by Walker Books. It is a mythic, political, dystopian fable a group of 1000 girls confined to an Institute in a time of terror. Fearless was shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Book award and won a number of local and regional school awards.
His next novel, ‘Under the Same Stars’ (April 2012) tells the story of two estranged brothers travelling across America in search of the father who abandoned them 20 years previously. In 2013 he published another YA book, ‘How to Be Invisible’ about the tension between science and magic. His latest book, ‘The Last Summer of the Water Strider’ is published in June 2015.
Tim Lott appears on TV and Radio as a commentator and critic. His authored documentary, ‘The New Middle Classes’ was broadcast on BBC Four. He writes for a wide range of national magazines and newspapers and is a prolific travel journalist.
He lives in Kensal Green, North West London, with his wife, Rachael, a lecturer in English. He has four daughters, Ruby, Cissy, Lydia and Esme.