Sophie Harrison was born in 1974. After studying English Literature at university she wrote technical manuals and TV listings before becoming an editorial assistant and later an editor for Granta Magazine. In 2003 she began retraining as a doctor. She has written about books for the Sunday Times, New York Times, London Review of Books and Guardian. For several years she wrote a column about medicine for the Financial Times magazine. She is married with two children and works as a GP in Cambridge.