From the website of the Univeristy of Northumbria:
Following a PhD in theoretical physics and research on nonlinear dynamics at Leeds University, Andrew published his first novel Music, In A Foreign Language in 1994. It won the Saltire Society Prize for Best First Book and marked the beginning of a series of works exploring themes in real and imaginary history, which have been widely translated. He worked as a schoolteacher and freelance book reviewer and was literary editor of Scotland On Sunday (2000-06), then returned to academia as lecturer in creative writing at Newcastle University (2006-11) before joining Northumbria in November 2011. His sixth novel, Sputnik Caledonia (2008) won the Northern Rock Foundation Writers Award, was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and Scottish Book of the Year, and was longlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award. His seventh, The Secret Knowledge, was published in 2013.