I was born in Hong Kong in 1955. I went to Ellerslie School in Great Malvern from 1966–73, then to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford: I graduated in Experimental Psychology in 1976.
I married David Long in 1981. We settled in Oxford, and our sons Ed and Will were born in 1982 and 1985. Since then I have worked mostly as a freelance writer, editor and broadcaster.