Anna Raverat was born in Cambridge and grew up in North Yorkshire with her parents, Lucy Raverat, a painter, and Andrew Rawlinson, an academic and writer, and her three younger siblings. She is descended from Gwendolin Raverat, a celebrated artist and member of the Bloomsbury group. Anna read English at King's College, Cambridge and now works as a consultant in organisation development and leadership. She lives in London with her three children. She is the author of Signs of Life and Lover.