Carys Davies was born in Wales, grew up in the Midlands, lived and worked for eleven years in New York and Chicago, and now lives in Lancaster in the north of England. Before turning to fiction she worked for fifteen years as a journalist, mostly in New York and Chicago, writing for the Guardian, Times, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and Marie Claire, where she was a contributing editor.
Her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and widely published in magazines, anthologies and online, including the Dublin Review, Granta New Writing and the Royal Society of Literature Review.
Davies was the winner of the 2015 Frank O'Connor Award, the 2011 Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Prize and the 2010 Society of Authors’ Olive Cook Award.