Courttia Newland published his first novel, The Scholar, in 1997. Further critically acclaimed work includes Society Within (1999), and Snakeskin (2002). He is co-editor of IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain (2000) and has short stories featured in many anthologies. His latest books are The Dying Wish, and a collection of stories, Music For the Off-Key (2006). Courttia was shortlisted for the 2007 Dagger in the Library award.