Frédéric Beigbeder (born 1965) published his first novel, Mémoires d’un Jeune Homme Dérangé, at the age of just 24. He has since worked in advertising (an experience on which he based his best-selling novel, 99 Francs), later becoming the executive director of Lui, a French adult entertainment magazine, and continuing to write novels, essays and short stories, whilst regularly contributing to acclaimed magazines, including Elle, Paris Match and Voici, literary journals and French television.
In 1994, he founded the Prix de Flore, which rewards young authors writing in the French language, and has been awarded to, amongst others, Michel Houellebecq, Amélie Nothomb and Christine Angot. He also co-founded the Prix Sade. In recognition of his work, Beigbeder has received a number of awards. In 2003, he was awarded the Prix Interallié for Windows on the World and later in 2005, the title also won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (best foreign novel translated into English). In 2009, he received the Prix Renaudot for literary French novels for Un Roman Français. He lives in Paris.