Matthew De Abaitua was born in Ormskirk, Liverpool.
He studied English Literature at the University of York and was awarded a British Academy grant to take the Creative Writing master's degree at the University of East Anglia, studying under Malcolm Bradbury.
After graduating from UEA, he spent six months living and working as an amanuensis to the novelist Will Self. He then joined The Idler as deputy editor and was literary editor of Esquire.
He is the author of three novels, The Red Men, If Then and The Destructives. A movie adaptation of The Red Men is currently in development with Warp Films and Shynola Films.
His memoir and history The Art of Camping: The History and Practice of Sleeping Under the Stars was described by The Economist as one of the books of 2011.
He lectures on creative writing and science fiction at the University of Essex and lives in Hackney.
Read more about Matthew at www.harrybravado.com.
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