Lisa Jewell was born in 1968 in Middlesex Hospital in London's West End and was brought up in North London. At primary school in Oakleigh Park, she was found to be gifted only in creative writing and was once accused of cheating by a teacher who didn't believe that a poem she'd read in class could possibly have been written by her.
Despite such early indicators, she decided to eschew writing and instead study art and design at Barnet College. After a brief and largely unsuccessful stint in fashion, she at last found her calling after enrolling in a creative writing course at her local Adult Education College. She has since written thirteen bestselling novels.
Lisa lives in London with her husband and their two daughters.