Hermione Eyre is a journalist and former croupier. She read English at Hertford College, Oxford and became TV Critic of the Independent on Sunday at age 27. She went on to be chief interviewer at the London Evening Standard Magazine, and contributes to publications including The The Times, ELLE magazine, Prospect and the FT. Her interviewees have included Naomi Campbell, Juliette Binoche and Carey Mulligan. This is her first novel.