Damon Galgut was born in Pretoria in 1963. He wrote his first novel, A Sinless Season, when he was seventeen. His other books include Small Circle of Beings, The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs and The Quarry, all of which were re-issued by Penguin in 2005. The Good Doctor, published by Penguin in 2003 was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the African region Commonwealth Writers Prize 2004. Strategy & Siege was released by Penguin in 2005. His last novel, The Imposter, was released in May 2008.