Shaun Girling was born and raised in south-east England. During his teenage years only his obsessions with R.E.M. and baseball stood out. He left town to pursue his non-practical dream of obtaining a liberal arts degree but got distracted on the way; he bought a guitar, taught himself to play and write songs and started performing around Birmingham. He left the University of Wolverhampton in 2001 with a degree in American Studies which affirmed an oft ignored feeling that he had been born on the wrong continent. He continued to write, perform and record music whilst holding various bill-paying jobs until 2005 when he fell in love with a German and moved to her home town of Mainz. They later married and now have a young daughter. Soon after arriving in Germany he exchanged writing songs for longer texts and eventually began his first novel London, in Limbo. He is an English teacher and is now working on the difficult task of three second novels.

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