novelist, was born in Bristol and studied for the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. His first novels, Ingenious Pain (1997) and Casanova (1998), were set in the 18th cent. and crafted with a sensuous luxuriousness of period detail. The latter depicts the great lover in London, during 1763, being befriended by Dr Johnson but frustrated in his attempts to seduce young Marie Charpillon. Miller is concerned with moral dilemmas and mortality: in Oxygen (2001), two sons nurse their dying mother. The Optimists (2005) has a contemporary political theme, dealing with conflict and illness within the family.