Nicholas Edlin was born and raised in Christchurch and lived for some time in Korea. He has a BA in English and Politics from Canterbury University, and a LLB (First Class Honours) from Victoria University. He has worked as a solicitor in Wellington and Auckland, and as a legal adviser at the Treasury Solicitor's Department in London. Edlin's first novel,The Widow's Daughter, was described by Iain Sharpe as 'the New Zealand debut novel of 2010'. The Below Country is his eagerly awaited second novel, set partly in Korea. He currently lives in London with his partner.