Annie Murray was born in Berkshire and read English at St John's College, Oxford. Her first 'Birmingham' story, Birmingham Rose, hit the Sunday Times bestseller list when it was published in 1995. She has subsequently written many other successful novels, including the bestselling Chocolate Girls and War Babies. The Silversmith's Daughter is Annie's twenty-second novel, after the top ten bestselling Sisters of Gold. Annie has four children and lives near Reading.