From her website: Annabel Davis-Goff was born in the south of Ireland. Her parents belonged to the Anglo-Irish generation that had been brought up during English rule, and had lived through the Anglo-Irish War, the Civil War, the Irish Free State and, by the time she was born, were adapting to belonging to the Republic of Ireland. This is the period she wrote about in Walled Gardens, a family memoir that is also an account of a time and a place. Walled Gardens was generously reviewed in the USA and in the British Isles, where it's still in print. The book was on the Irish besteller list for some time. She Ireland when she was 17 and worked in England as a secretary, in television, and eventually in the film industry. When the movie boom of the 1960s ended, she moved to California, where she lived for more than a year, and then married and moved to Connecticut. She worked briefly in movies – first as a script supervisor (as she had in England), then as a screenwriter. While she was at home bringing up children, she started to write Walled Gardens (1989). Her other books are The Dower House (1997), This Cold Country (2002), and The Fox’s Walk (2003). In addition to writing novels, she has also edited the Literary Companion to Gambling, reviewed books for The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly, and written about houses and gardens, and travel. She lives in Manhattan and Vermont, where she teaches literature at Bennington College.