Rosamund Bartlett was born in London. She holds a doctorate from Oxford, and spent fifteen years pursuing an academic career, latterly as Reader in Russian at the University of Durham, before becoming a full-time writer, translator and lecturer. She continues to maintain an active scholarly profile in Russian literature, music and cultural history, and has held fellowships at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and the European University Institute in Florence. She is a recent Honorary Research Associate at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Sydney. In 2015 she was awarded the Mary Zirin prize by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies.