Diane Setterfield is in her early forties. Having spent time in France, she now lives in Oxford. Her background is an academic one and her previous publications have been in the field of 19th and 20th century French literature, especially the works of André Gide. The Thirteenth Tale was a worldwide bestseller. Bellman & Black was published in 2013. Her new novel, Once Upon a River will be published in January 2019.