Margaret Leroy studied music at Oxford. She has written four novels: Trust (HarperCollins 1999), which was televised by Granada and reached an audience of eight million, Alysson's Shoes (HarperCollins 2002), Postcards from Berlin (Little Brown, New York, 2003) and The River House (Little Brown, New York, 2005). Postcards from Berlin was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She has appeared on numerous radio and TV programmes, and her articles and short stories have been published in the Observer, the Sunday Express and the Mail on Sunday. Her books have been translated into ten languages.