Benjamin Wood was born in 1981 and grew up in northwest England. He studied at the University of Central Lancashire and 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, and won one of France's foremost literary awards, Le Prix du Roman Fnac.
While serving as the British Council's Writer in Residence in Istanbul, he began researching and writing his second novel, The Ecliptic. It was shortlisted for the Encore Award and was a finalist for the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award in 2016.
His most recent novel, A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better, was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award and the European Union Prize for Literature 2019.
Benjamin is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at King's College London. Before this, he taught for nine years at Birkbeck, University of London, where he co-founded and directed the undergraduate writing programme. He lives in Surrey with his wife and sons.