Victoria Blake was born in Oxford and brought up in Queen's College. She read history at Lady Margaret Hall and then qualified as a solicitor in London. Deciding law was not for her, and at a loose end, she began dogsbodying for a publisher and stayed for four years. Since then, she has divided her time between writing and bookselling. She lives in west London with her partner and the ubiquitous cat, percipiently named Dashiell Hammett.