Originally a musician and songwriter, James Cook released two critically acclaimed albums with his band Flamingoes, toured the UK and Europe and sold 20,000 records worldwide. In 2009, one of James's short stories was featured in a collection alongside pieces by Nick Cave and Man Booker Prize-winner D. B. C. Pierre. In 2018, his first book, Memory Songs, was published with Unbound. James has written about music for the Guardian, Boundless and Review 31. He lives in London.