Known for such novels as The Birth of Venus and Mapping the Edge, this British writer was shortlisted for the
After graduating from Newnham College, Cambridge with a degree in history, she worked briefly for the BBC and then traveled throughout Asia and Central and South America. She published her first (co-written) novel, Exterminating Angels, in 1984.
Her 2013 historical novel, Blood and Beauty, focuses on the Italian Borgia dynasty.
A native of London, England, she completed her early education at The Godolphin and Latymer School.
She was born in the same year as fellow British novelist Patrick McGrath.