Clare Chambers was born in Croydon in 1966 and studied English at Hertford College, Oxford. After graduating she lived for a year in New Zealand where she wrote her first novel Uncertain Terms at the age of 22.
On her return to the UK she started her first job in publishing at Andre Deutsch Ltd, while Diana Athill was still at the helm. It took her a year to work up the courage to show them Uncertain Terms and they published it in 1992 when she was 25. In due course she became an editor there. The unconventional working practices are described in The Editor’s Wife.
She has three grown-up children and lives in South London with her husband.