novelist, born in Stockport of Hungarian parents, and educated at Cambridge. His first novel, Under the Frog (1992), is a tragi‐comic account of life in Hungary after the war and during the Revolution of 1956, seen in part through the eyes of a travelling basketball team. This was followed by The Thought Gang (1994), about a failed philosopher and a one‐armed bank robber who form ‘The Thought Gang’ to plan a robbery. The Collector Collector (1997) is the anecdote‐filled tale of a garrulous Sumerian bowl with a mischievous streak and a memory full of fantastic stories. Don't Read This Book If You're Stupid (2000) is a collection of stories.