Raffaella Barker was born in London in 1964 and published her first novel COME AND TELL ME SOME LIES, an autobiographical account of her seventies bohemian family life, when she was 26. Her subsequent novels include the best-selling HENS DANCING and SUMMERTIME, and five other acclaimed novels. She also wrote PHOSPHORESCENCE a novel for young adults. Her work has been translated into more than 12 languages and sold world wide. As a journalist she has written for The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Country Life , Harpers Bazaar, Conde Nast Traveller and The Spectator. She has been a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia for 10 years, also teaching on The Guardian UEA Masterclass, the Faber Academy and the Arvon Foundation. She is a member of the Rathbone Folio Academy.
Brought up in rural Norfolk, she is daughter of poet George Barker and novelist Elspeth Barker. She has three adult children and lives with her husband by the sea.