Rachel Heath was born in Bristol in 1968. She worked as an editor in publishing, and then as a literary consultant for television and as a reader before writing her first book. Her first novel,The Finest Type of English Womanhood, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2009 and for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award 2010. She is also a contributor to the short story anthology, The Best Little Book Club in Town. She has three children, and lives in Bath.