I was born in Jerusalem in 1944 and spent my early childhood in many different countries because my father was in the Colonial Service. Before I was eleven, I'd lived in Cyprus, Nigeria, and North Borneo and later my parents were also sent to the Gambia and Tanganyika (now Tanzania) where I used to join them for summer holidays. I went to boarding-school in England (Roedean School, Brighton) in 1955 and went on to read French and Spanish at St. Hilda's College, Oxford. I graduated in 1966.
I've been an actress and singer and a teacher of French in a girls' school in Manchester before becoming a full-time writer in 1976. Since then, I've published more than ninety books for children and young adults. I've also written four novels for adults, all published by Orion.
'I live in Cambridge and have two grown-up daughters and three grandchildren.