The novelist Julie Myerson was born in Nottingham in 1960. She read English at Bristol University and has worked for the National Theatre and in publishing. She also works as a journalist and contributes reviews and articles to newspapers, magazines and radio programmes.

Her first novel, Sleepwalking, was published in 1994, followed by The Touch (1996), Me and the Fat Man (1998), and Laura Blundy (2000). Her most recent novel, Something Might Happen, which explores the devastating effect of a brutal murder on the inhabitants of a small seaside town in Suffolk, was published in summer 2003 and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.