Michiel Heyns grew up in various towns and cities all over South Africa, and studied at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cambridge.

As well as a non-fiction book on the 19th-century novel and many critical essays, he has published nine novels, the latest of which is A Poor Season for Whales. He has produced several translations, two of which, Marlene van Niekerk’s The Way of the Women and Chris Barnard’s Bundu, were short-listed for the (then) Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

Michiel Heyns