Penny Vincenzi began her career as a junior secretary for Vogue and Tatler. She later worked as Fashion and Beauty Editor on magazines such as Women's Own, before becoming a contributing editor for Cosmopolitan. She has written nine previous novels. She is married with four daughters. Patricia Hodge: Patricia Hodge trained at LAMDA, winning the Eveline Evans Award. Theatre work ranges from Benefactors, Summerfolk, and Noises Off, to As You Like It, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and His Dark Materials. Television work includes Rumpole of the Bailey and The Life and Loves of a She Devil. Film appearances include Betrayal, co-starring with Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley.