Kathleen Jones was born and brought up on a hill farm in the English Lake District. She spent some years living in Africa and the Middle East, where she worked in broadcasting. She is a poet, biographer and novelist, whose subjects include Katherine Mansfield, Catherine Cookson, Christina Rossetti, and the pioneering 17th century writer Margaret Cavendish. Her account of the lives of the women associated with the Lake Poets, 'A Passionate Sisterhood' was a Virago Classic. Kathleen worked in broadcast journalism and is the author of two novels and a collection of short fiction. She has taught creative writing in a number of universities, is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, and in 2012 was elected a Fellow of the English Association for services to literature. She has also published four collections of poetry and a travel journal, 'Travelling to the Edge of the World'. Kathleen lives in the Lake District with her partner, who is a sculptor.
" . . reading it becomes a gripping, almost addictive experience." Angela Leighton, Times Literary Supplement. "I . . quickly became captivated. I think Kathleen Jones has done a great job. . And she has a good deal of passion herself, tho' strictly controlled. . . her use of quotes from the womens' letters etc was what I admired most. I know to my cost how hard it is to do. . Her choices were always judicious - and best of all, automatically urge the reader back to the source from which they came - the aim, I always think, of all biography. . . what a wonderful story it is." Margaret Forster "It is the stuff your English teacher never told you . . . told with such enthralling vividness." VAL HENNESSY, Daily Mail "Jones' group biography is a model of organisation and insight . . a lucid, calm and thoughtful account of how physical landscape shapes psychic and cultural space" KATHRYN HUGHES, Literary Review "This is a fascinating, marvellous, utterly absorbing book" SUE LIMB, Independent on Sunday