Iain Sinclair was born in 1943 in Cardiff, and studied at Trinity College, Dublin, the Courtauld Institute of Art, and the London School of Film Technique. The city of London is central to his work, and his books tell a psychogeography of the capital involving numerous characters such as those found in this book. His non-fiction works include Lights Out for the Territory; London Orbital; and London Overground . His novels include Downriver; Dining on Stones; and Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Ondaatje Prize. Iain Sinclair lives in Hackney, East London.
Dave McKean is an award-winning English illustrator, graphic novelist, photographer, designer, filmmaker and musician. He has published many graphic novels, including Cages, which was reissued in 2016 with an introduction by Terry Gilliam. He has also collaborated with Neil Gaiman, Richard Dawkins, Ray Bradbury and John Cale. He has produced book and album covers for Stephen King, Roy Harper, Alice Cooper, Rolling Stones and Alan Moore, amongst many others. He has written and directed three feature films: Mirrormask, The Gospel of Us and Luna (Raindance Best Feature). Dave McKean lives on the Isle of Oxney in Kent.