Tobias Hill was born in London. His first collection of poetry, Year of the Dog, won an Eric Gregory award. The second, Midnight in the City of Clocks, was a PBS Recommendation, and the third, Zoo, was a PBS Special Commendation.
In 1996 Hill won the Cambridge University Harper-Wood Award for Literature, in 1997 he was a Wingate Scholar, and in 1998 was London Zoo’s inaugural Poet in Residence. In 2004 he was selected as one of the country’s Next Generation poets.
Hill also writes fiction: his first book of stories, Skin, won the Pen-Macmillan Prize for Fiction, and was short-listed for the John Lleweyllyn Rees/Mail on Sunday prize. His best-selling first novel, Underground, won a British Arts Council award and a Betty Trask prize, while the second, The Love of Stones, has been published to acclaim in a dozen countries. The Cryptographer, Hill’s third novel, led A.S. Byatt to observe that ‘Hill is one of the two or three most original and interesting young novelists working in Britain today…There is no other voice today quite like this.’ In 2003 the TLS nominated him as one of the best young writers in Britain.