Derek Beaven is the author of three novels: Newton’s Niece was published in 1994, Acts of Mutiny in 1998, If the Invader Comes in 2001 and His Coldest Winter (2005). Newton’s Niece was shortlisted for the Writers’ Guild Best Fiction Book of 1994, and won a Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for a first novel (Eurasia) 1994/5. Acts of Mutiny was shortlisted for both the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Encore Award. If the Invader Comes was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Derek Beaven lives in Maidenhead, Berkshire.