Emily Bullock was born on the Isle of Wight where she spent her early childhood. She won the Bristol Short Story Prize with the story ‘My Girl’, which was also broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She worked in film before pursuing writing full time. She has an MA in 19th Century Literature from King's College, London, and an MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) from the University of East Anglia, and completed her PhD at the Open University, where she teaches Creative Writing. Her debut novel, The Longest Fight, was shortlisted for the Cross Sports Book Awards, and listed in The Independent’s Paperbacks of the Year.