Adam Thirlwell (1978) was born in London. He is the author of two novels, Politics and The Escape; a novella, Kapow!; and a project with international novels that includes an essaybook, Miss Herbert, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, and a compendium of translations edited for McSweeney’s. He was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2003. His work has been translated into thirty languages. ‘Slow Motion’ is from a novel in progress.