Janet Todd was born in Wales and grew up in England, Scotland, Bermuda, and Ceylon. She continued vagabonding in adult life, working as an academic in Ghana, India, Puerto Rico, the United States, Scotland and England. She has written over forty books and is an expert on Jane Austen, Mary Wollstonecraft, the Shelley circle, Byron and Aphra Behn. Her life-long passion has been for women writers, both the largely unknown and the famous. An Emerita Professor at the University of Aberdeen, until recently Janet Todd was President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, where she inaugurated a festival for women writers and ran the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. She lives in Cambridge and Venice.