After working in London for a few years Dominic Cooper moved first to Iceland and then to Sweden. From there he went to the Isle of Mull on the West Coast of Scotland—and it was here that, drawing inspiration from the landscape, he wrote his first novel, The Dead of Winter, which went on to win him the Somerset Maugham Award. From Mull he moved to Edinburgh where he undertook a training in horology. Meanwhile his second novel, Sunrise, appeared a couple of years later, after which he published Men at Axlir and The Horn Fellow. It was at around the time of the latter that he returned to the West Coast of Scotland where he has lived ever since, working as a restorer of clocks and watches.