Derek Beaven is the author of three novels: Newton’s Niecewas published in 1994, Acts of Mutinyin 1998, If the Invader Comesin 2001 and His Coldest Winter(2005). Newton’s Niecewas 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 Mutinywas shortlisted for both the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Encore Award. If the Invader Comeswas longlisted for the Booker Prize. Derek Beaven lives in Maidenhead, Berkshire.