Espido Freire (Spain, 1974) studied music and graduated in Philology from the University of Deusto, where she also got a degree in Editing and Publishing. Espido debuted as a writer with Irlanda (Ireland, Planeta, 1998), a novel which received the French award Millepage. Donde siempre es octubre (Where it is always October, Seix Barral) was published in 1999. Six months later she received the Premio Planeta for Melocotones Helados (Frozen Peaches Planeta 1999), becoming the youngest ever recipient of the award. She also received the Qué Leer 2000 Award as best Spanish novelist for this book. Afterwards she published Diabulus in Musica (Planeta 2001), Nos espera la noche (Night Awaits, Alfaguara 2003); second part of a trilogy which was begun with Where it is always October and Soria Moria (Algaida 2007), winner of the Ateneo de Sevilla Award 2007. La flor del norte (The Northern Flower, Planeta 2011) is her latest novel. She has written five essays: Primer amor (First Love, Temas de Hoy 2000), on fairies and love; Cuando comer es un infierno (When Eating is Hell, Aguilar 2002), on eating disorders; Dear Jane, dear Charlotte (Aguilar 2004), on the life and works of Jane Austen and the Brönte sisters; Mileuristas, la generación de los mil euros, (Mileuristas, the Generation of the One Thousand Euros, Ariel 2006), on present-day Spanish youth; Mileuristas II, la generación de las mil emociones (Mileuristas II, the Generation of the One Thousand Emotions, Ariel 2008), where she wrestles with the personal relations of said generation. Espido is also a prolific short story writer and has published the following collections: El tiempo huye (Time Flies, 2001), which won the NH of Short Story Award; Cuentos malvados (Wicked Tales, Punto de Lectura 2003) and Juegos míos (My Games, Alfaguara 2004).