Bella Bathurst was born in 1969. Her first book, The Lighthouse Stevensons, was a national bestseller, won a Somerset Maugham prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. Her first novel, Special, was published in 2002 and was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her second work of non-fiction, The Wreckers, was published in 2004. She lives in Scotland and London.