Ioana Bradea was born in Bistriţa in 1975. She made her literary debut in 2004, with the novel Băgău (Plug), which povoked enthusiasm and controversy among the critics in equal measure. It was one of the first post-communist novels to include uninhibited language and ‘strong’ subject matter, which melded to produce a genuinely successful literary work. The novel was also very well received by the reading public. In the year after its publication, it was awarded the Union of Romanian Writers Prize for Literary Debut. Scotch is Ioana Bradea’s second novel. Once again, the literary formula she chooses is startlingly fresh, this time thanks to the poetic language in which the author captures the sombre reality of post-communist Romania.