Matthew Richardson was born in 1990 and graduated with a First in English from Durham University in 2011, where he was a Vice-Chancellor’s academic scholar and edited the student newspaper Palatinate. He then went on to postgraduate research at Merton College, Oxford, specialising in intellectual history.

After a brief spell as a freelance journalist, Matthew began working as a speechwriter and researcher in Westminster while also starting work on his debut novel. In the summer of 2015, at the age of 24, he was signed by Penguin in a six-figure pre-empt deal.

My Name is Nobody was published in the UK and around the world in 2017.