Almudena Grandes was born in Madrid in 1960. She became widely recognized as a writer in 1989 with her novel Las edades de Lulú, which won the XI Sonrisa Vertical Prize. She has been accompanied by the acclaim of readers and critics ever since. She’s the author of ten novels and two books of short stories that have confirmed her as one of the most solid and internationally-known narrators in recent Spanish literature. Many of her works have been taken to the big screen, and her novel, El corazón helado, one of the most acclaimed and long-lasting successes in current Spanish literature, has received, among other awards, the Fundación Lara Prize, the prizes of the booksellers in Madrid and Seville, the Rapallo Carige in Italy and the Prix Méditerranée in France. Her previous novel Inés y la alegría was awarded the Critic’s Prize in Madrid 2011 and the Elena Poniatowska Prize 2011 and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize 2011, both in Mexico.