Matthew Richardson was born in 1990 and graduated with a First in English from Durham University in 2011, where he was a Vice-Chancellors 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.
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