Allan Cameron was born in 1952 and brought up in Nigeria and East Pakistan. He left school at 16 and started his education firstly working at sea then in Italy. He has been variously a postman, labourer, factory worker, hydrographic surveyor and university lecturer. For the last ten years he has lived on the Isle of Lewis as a writer and translator. His first novel was The Golden Menagerie, also published by Luath, and he has translated seventeen books, published articles in the Italian press and contributed commentaries to Alasdair Gray's Book of Prefaces. His unpublished work includes plays, short stories and poetry in Italian and English.