Emma Tennant was born in London and grew up in the Borders of Scotland. She edited the seminal literary magazine Bananas. She has written more than thirty books, and lives in West London with her husband Tim Owens. Hilary Bailey edited the science-fiction magazine New Worlds, was a regular monthly reviewer of fiction for the Guardian and is the author of seventeen published novels and one short biography. David Elliott worked for over half a century as a bookseller and publisher, most recently for Quartet Books and the Women's Press, and has written seven books.