Claire Calman first decided to write a book when she discovered that it mainly involved making cups of tea and gazing out of the window. It was some time before a real writer friend pointed out that if she were to select an assortment of words and arrange them in some kind of order, this would speed up the process no end. She has since written four successful novels. She is also a poet and broadcaster and has performed her pithy verse at live readings and on radio many times. Claire lives in London with her husband, baby son, and an unbelievable amount of unfiled paperwork.