Emily Critchley was born in Essex in 1986. She studied creative writing at London Metropolitan University gaining a first. Notes on My Family, Emily’s debut novel, was long-listed for the Branford Boase award, shortlisted for the Bristol Teen Book Award, nominated for the Carnegie medal and featured as The Sunday Times children’s book of the week. Emily has lived in Essex, Brighton and North London. Before becoming an author she worked in interior design, and as a bookseller in Bloomsbury and Hampstead. She currently lives in Hertfordshire with her boyfriend and lots of books, and is completing an MA in creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London.