Atar Hadari trained as an actor and writer at the University of East Anglia before winning a scholarship to study poetry and playwrighting with Derek Walcott at Boston University. His plays have won awards from the BBC, Arts Council of England, National Foundation of Jewish Culture (New York), European Association of Jewish Culture (Brussels) and the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he was Young Writer in Residence. Plays have been staged at the Finborough Theatre, Wimbledon Studio Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, Nat Horne Studio Theatre (New York) and Valdez, Alaska. A native Hebrew speaker, he also translates Hebrew fiction and poetry - "Songs from Bialik: Selected Poems of H.N. Bialik" (Syracuse University Press) was a finalist for the American Literary Translators Association Award. His collection of biblical monologues “Rembrandt’s Bible” was recently published in the UK and "Lives of the Dead: Poems of Hanoch Levin" is forthcoming from Arc Publications. His stories have been published in New York Stories, Witness and Liars League as well as broadcast on BBC Radio 4. This is his first novel.