Amanda Brookfield was born in 1960 and graduated with a First in English from University College Oxford in 1982. She began her career in advertising, then worked as a freelance journalist in Argentina. Her debut novel, Alice Alone, was published to critical acclaim in 1989. She has since published fourteen further novels, including, Relative Love, (Hodder & Stoughton), Before I Knew You (Penguin), and The Love Child (Penguin), as well as her latest book, a memoir and her first work of non-fiction, For the Love of a Dog (Head of Zeus). She is based in London and has two sons, one cat and a dog. She is currently employed at the University of Oxford as University College’s first Visitor in the Creative Arts.