Julian Gough writes funny and increasingly indescribable novels. He was born in London, raised in Tipperary, educated in Galway, and lives in Berlin. In April 2007, Julian Gough won the biggest prize in the world for a single short story, the UK's National Short Story Prize, for "The Orphan and the Mob". The story is the prologue to his extraordinary and genre-mangling new novel, Jude: Level 1... Before that, Julian Gough was best known for writing the novel Juno & Juliet. He also, in his youth, wrote the words (and sang) on four albums by the cult Galway group, Toasted Heretic.