Ildefonso Falcones is married with four children and lives in Barcelona where he works as a lawyer. Cathedral of the Sea is intended as a homage to a people who built one of the most beautiful churches on earth in only fifty-four years. This historical novel has become an extraordinary publishing success with both readers and critics. Translation rights have been sold in 32 countries to date. It has won many prizes, including the Euskadi de Plata 2006 for the best novel in Spanish, the Que Leer 2007 Prize for the best book, and the prestigious Italian Giovanni Boccaccio 2007 award for best foreign author.