Jerôme Ferrari was born in Paris in 1968. His first novel in English translation, Where I Left My Soul
was the winner of the Prix du roman France Televisions, the Prix Initiales, the Prix Larbaud, and the Grand Prix Poncetton de la SGDL in its French edition. His second, The Sermon on the Fall of Rome
, was the winner of the 2012 Prix Goncourt, confirming his status as one of France's outstanding young literary talents.