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.
I am a founder member of the Abbey Shakespeare Players, who have presented a Shakespeare play in the ruined abbey of St Dogmaels every August since 1987.
On Sunday afternoons I sail a British Moth on the Upper Thames at Medley Sailing Club.
Inevitably I also edit the club’s newsletter, The Ripple.