Lucy Ellmann was born in Illinois and now lives in Scotland. Her first novel, Sweet Desserts, won the Guardian Fiction Prize. Her latest, Ducks, Newburyport (Biblioasis, 2019), won the Goldsmith Prize and the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction. Man or Mango?, first published in 1998 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), was longlisted for the UK’s Orange Prize. She likes dogs and swimming, but she does not have a dog, nor does she swim.