Edward Carey is a novelist, visual artist and playwright. He has written and produced several plays. His debut novel, Observatory Mansions (with author's illustrations) is sold in 14 countries and was described by John Fowles as 'proving the potential brilliance of the novel form'.His second novel, Alva and Irva The Twins Who Saved A City, was longlisted for the IMPAC Literary Award in 2005. He has written several adaptations for the stage, including Patrick Süskind’s The Pigeon, and Robert Coover’s Pinocchio in Venice. His own plays include Sulking Thomas and Captain of the Birds. Five of his plays have been produced in London, Romania and Lithuania. He has also worked as a set designer and illustrator. Carey attended the University of Iowa International Writing Program and taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is married to the writer Elizabeth McCracken.