Rafel Nadal (Girona, 1954) is a journalist who writes for La Vanguardia. He was the director of El Periódico de Catalunya from May 2006 to February 2010. Prior to this he worked at the main newspapers in the country and held various positions of responsibility in publishing houses and media groups. In 2011 he published the book Els mandarins. His previous novel, Quan èrem feliços, to which this is a prequel, won the 2012 Josep Pla Award and sold more than 400,000 copies.