Elizabeth Reilly was born in Berkshire. After studying at the Royal Academy of Music she worked briefly as a secretary at the BBC before embarking on a career of teaching music and piano in Hertfordshire, London and Surrey. In 2004, nearing retirement, she moved to Gloucestershire with her second husband, which is the setting for this book. She has a grown-up daughter and son from her first marriage. Her interests include walking, gardening, reading and music.