Clare Morrall shot to fame when her first novel, Astonishing Splashes of Colour, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2003. Published by the tiny Birmingham based publisher, Tindal Street Press, after enduring years of rejections by publishers and agents for previous novels, Clare's story was a publishing fairytale come true. Astonishing Splashes of Colour has sold over 100,000 copies since first publication and foreign rights have been sold in eleven countries including Germany, US and Italy. The Man who Disappeared was selected for the TV Book Club's Summer Reads 2010. Born in Devon, Clare works as a music teacher and lives in Birmingham. She has two grown-up daughters.