Benedict Wells was born in 1984 in Munich. At the age of six, he started his journey through three Bavarian boarding schools. Upon graduating school in 2003, he moved to Berlin. There he decided against an academic education and instead started to dedicate his time to writing. In order to pay for his living expenses, he worked in several side jobs.
In 2008, he published his critically acclaimed debut novel Becks letzter Sommer which gained him the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis, a Bavarian arts and literature prize. The novel was adapted into a feature film and released to cinemas in 2015.
His third novel Fast genial became very popular with readers and ended up spending several months in the German book charts. After years of living in Barcelona, Wells has recently returned to Berlin.