Victoria Glendinning is the celebrated and award-winning biographer of Anthony Trollope, Elizabeth Bowen, Edith Sitwell, Vita Sackville-West, Rebecca West and Jonathan Swift. Her previous novels, "The Grown-ups and" Electricity, were critical and commercial successes. Glendinning is also a respected literary critic, broadcaster and extensive travel and gardening writer. She divides her time between London, Provence and Ireland.