After leaving school, John worked as a cabaret musician for several years, then read English Literature at Cambridge University, followed by postgraduate research into Language Acquisition at Hull University.
He then worked as a university teacher until 2004 before moving to Spain to write full-time.
John's first published work, the novella 'Eating Mammals', won the Paris Review's Discovery (Plimpton) Prize in 2002.
Apart from writing fiction, John has also worked as a ghostwriter, journalist and translator.
He has written for The Washington Post, Slate.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Penthouse, Departures Magazine and The Big Issue, and was a feature writer for the award-winning food magazine Spain Gourmetour.