Daisy Hay was born in Oxford in 1981. She has a PhD in English Literature from New Hall, Cambridge, where she also gained a First Class Honours Degree, and an MA in Romantic and Sentimental Literature from the University of York. Between 2006 and 2009 she was a Bye-Fellow at New Hall, and in 2009-10 she was the Alistair Horne Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford. She has written for various newspapers and literary magazines including the Observer, the Times Literary Supplement and Slightly Foxed, and is a contributor to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Shelley Studies. Young Romantics, her first book, was awarded the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize by the British Academy, and was highly commended by the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.