T.J.Armstrong was born in Essex in 1957. He read Modern Languages at Oxford and studied Philosophy at London University. He has translated philosophical works from French and German into English and has a passionate interest in music, playing keyboards and singing in a Canterbury based blues band. At the start of his professional career, he taught French and German in Bedford and is currently Head of Modern Languages at the King's School, Canterbury. He is married and has two children. His first novel, Walter and the Resurrection of G, won the Author's Club best first novel of the year award, and his second novel Cecilia's Vision was published in the UK and in Germany. Both reflect his fascination with the Middle Ages, with poetry, and with unusual philosophical takes on life.