Virginia Baily was born in Yorkshire, grew up in South Wales, has lived for extensive periods in Italy and now resides in Exeter, Devon.
She is the author of two novels and many short stories, which have won prizes and been widely anthologized. Her first novel, AFRICA JUNCTION, won the McKitterick prize in 2012. Her second, EARLY ONE MORNING, (Virago, UK & Little, Brown US) was Waterstones and Goldsboro’s book of the month in August 2015 and was a Sunday Times hardback fiction top ten bestseller for four consecutive weeks. It was made into a BBC Radio 4 dramatisation and is being translated into 11 other languages.
She holds a PhD and MA in English from the University of Exeter and her first degree was in French and Italian. She founded and co-edits Riptide short story journal, now on its eleventh volume. She is also the editor of the political series of the Africa Research Bulletin.