Mercedes Cebrián writes fiction, journalistic essays and poetry and has translated George Perec, Alan Silitoe and Miranda July. Her literary universe explores, among other aspects of reality, the emotional ties that humans develop with objects. Always the ironic observer, critics have remarked on her ability to uncover the intensity of what at first appears light and simple. She holds MAs in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Birkbeck College and from the University of Pennsylvania. Her last novel El genuino sabor (The genuine flavour) was published in June 2014 and her last collection of short essays, Burp, appeared in 2016.