Anne McLean was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1962. She has translated Latin American and Spanish novels, stories, memoirs and other writings by many authors including Héctor Abad, Javier Cercas, Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Enrique Vila-Matas. She has twice won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, for Soldiers of Salamis by Javier Cercas (2004) and for The Armies by Evelio Rosero (2009) and twice won the Valle Inclán Prize, for Soldiers of Salamis and Outlaws (2015), both by Javier Cercas. In 2014 she shared the International Dublin IMPAC Literary Award with Juan Gabriel Vásquez for her translation of his novel The Sound of Things Falling. She was awarded the Spanish Cross of the Order of Civil Merit in 2012.