Janet Todd is best known for her non-fiction feminist works on early women writers and for her books about Mary Wollstonecraft, Aphra Behn, and Jane Austen. She was born in Wales and has worked as an academic in Ghana, Puerto Rico, the US, Scotland. India and England. Until recently, she was President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, where she ran a festival of women writers, and established the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. She now lives in Cambridge and Venice, so lovingly and accurately described in the novel.