Mal Peet was born in Norfolk, England and read English and American Literature at the University of Warwick.
His first novel, Keeper, was published in 2003, followed by Tamar (2005), The Penalty (2006), Exposure (2008) and Life: an Exploded Diagram (2011), all published by Walker Books in the UK and Candlewick Press in the USA.
His awards include the Branford Boase Award, a Nestle Children’s Book Award, The Carnegie Medal and The Guardian Children’s Book Prize as well as a number of American awards.
With his wife and fellow writer Elspeth Graham, he continues to write books for younger readers.
Their Cloud Tea Monkeys, illustrated by Juan Wyngaard, was shortlisted for the 2011 Kate Greenaway Medal.