Manon Uphoff was born in 1962 into a family of thirteen children. She left home at 16, went on to study literary theory and is now a writer and artist. Her debut Begeerte was nominated for the AKO Literatuurprijs, the Anton Wachterprijs, and the ECI-prijs. Her novel Gemis was nominated for the Libris Prize, the biggest prize in the Netherlands for a single work. Falling is Like Flying has been a literary phenomenon in the Netherlands, making 32 ‘Best of 2019’ lists and being shortlisted for the Libris Prize. It is the first of Manon’s books to be translated into English.