Hazel Holt was born in Birmingham and was educated at King Edward VI High School and Newnham College, Cambridge. She worked as an editor, reviewer and feature writer before turning to fiction in an attempt to keep up with her son, the novelist Tom Holt. Hazel is also the literary executor of Barbara Pym's estate. Hazel's life is divided between writing, cooking and trying to cope with the demands of her Siamese cat, Flip.
'Holt has created a wonderfully warm character in Sheila Malory; she's sensible, sympathetic, and perceptive. The author's gentle way of noticing people's foibles is reminiscent of Jane Austen' Good Book Guide 'Hazel Holt really does deserve the title the Queen of Cosy Time' Exmoor Country Magazine