Benjamin Wood was born in 1981 and grew up in northwest England. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, Canada, which he attended with the support of a Commonwealth Scholarship.
His first novel THE BELLWETHER REVIVALS was published by Simon & Schuster in 2012. It was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Book Prize. Film rights to the novel were sold to NOHO Film & Television in a collaboration with BBC Films. Its French translation Le Complexe D'Eden Bellwether (Editions Zulma, 2014) won one of France's foremost literary awards, le Prix du Roman Fnac, and went on to become a bestseller.
In 2013, Benjamin served as the British Council's Writer in Residence in Istanbul, Turkey, where he began researching and writing his second novel, THE ECLIPTIC. Published in 2015 by Scribner, it was shortlisted for the Encore Award for best second novel, and was further shortlisted for the Sunday Times PFD Young Writer of the Year Award in 2016.
His third novel will be published by Scribner in May 2018.
Benjamin is currently a Lecturer in Creative Writing at King's College London. Prior to this, he spent nine years teaching at Birkbeck, University of London, where he co-founded and directed the undergraduate writing programme and led fiction modules on the MA Creative Writing.
He lives in Surrey with his wife and son.