Douglas Cowie was born in Elmhurst, Illinois in 1977. He graduated from Colgate University in 1999, and studied for both an MA and PhD at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of Owen Noone and the Marauder (Canongate 2005), Sing for Life: Tin Pan Alley (Black Hill Press 2013), Sing for Life: Away, You Rolling River (Black Hill Press 2014), as well as various short stories and essays. His new book, Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago, is a stunning novelisation of the dramatic love affair between Simone de Beauvoir and American writer Nelson Algren, and was published by Myriad Editions in May 2016. He teaches in the Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London.

"Cowie favours understatement and suggestion over bedroom fireworks... words left unsaid heat the page... A classic story brought to life by classic story-telling." - The Skinny

"The ambience of both Paris and Chicago was captured with authenticity...sensitive and insightful characterization, in which he resists romanticizing these two complex and extraordinary people. The result is an engaging and poignant read.  And to top it all, I absolutely love the title and the cover!" - Isabel Costello, The Literary Sofa