(Madrid, 1960) Almudena Grandes is one of Spain's top-selling authors and, in her first novel, she was the first female Spanish author to write freely about sex in post-Franco Spain. The Frozen Heart
is her sixth novel and was the winner of the Fundación José Manuel Lara Novel Prize; the Booksellers of Madrid Prize; the Booksellers and Readers of Seville Prize; the Voz de las Artes Prize; The Casa del Libro Prize for Best Novel, selected by readers; and the Prix Méditerranée Étranger in France. Two of her books have been made into films and a Spanish language film of The Wind from the East
, her fifth novel, recently won first prize at the Malaga Film Festival. Her first novel, The Ages of Lulu
was made an international success by readers who bought over a million copies worldwide in 21 languages. Almudena Grandes also writes journalism and in this field is perhaps best known for the moving articles she wrote following the bombings in Madrid, where she was born and has always worked and lived. Her latest novels are Inés y la alegría, El lector de Julio Verne
and La tres bodas de Manolita
. Her last book is La herida perpetua: los problemas de España y la regeneración del presente.