Painter, novelist, poet, HUGH FLEETWOOD was born in England in 1944. At the age of 18 he went to live in France; at 21, he moved to Italy, where he remained for the next fourteen years. He had his first exhibition in 1970 at the Festival dei Due Mondi, in Spoleto; the year after, he published his first novel, A Painter of Flowers, for which he also designed the jacket. His second novel, The Girl Who Passed for Normal, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize; his fifth, The Order of Death, was made into a film - Corrupt in the U.S. - starring Harvey Keitel and John Lydon (Johnny Rotten). In all he has published twenty-two books, and amongst other things has been called one of the key authors in the history of the British and Irish short story.

After his return to England, Hugh Fleetwood had three further one-man shows of his paintings: two at the St. Raphael Gallery in London, and one at The Calvert Gallery. He also designed the jacket for his last novel, The Dark Paintings, and for a republication of one of his earlier books, Foreign Affairs.

He currently lives in London.