Originally a musician and songwriter, James Cook released two albums with his band Flamingoes: the critically acclaimed Plastic Jewels in 1995 and Street Noise Invades the House in 2007. Present from the start of the Britpop boom, Flamingoes toured the UK and Europe extensively, selling 20,000 records worldwide. In 2009, one of James’s short stories was featured in the collection Vagabond Holes alongside work by Nick Cave and Man Booker-winner D. B.C. Pierre. James has written about music for the Guardian and Litro magazine among others. He lives in London.