Maggie Alderson was born in London, brought up in Staffordshire and educated at the University of St Andrews.
She has edited four magazines: British ELLE and ES in London, then Cleo (acting editor) and Mode in Sydney. She also worked on the Evening Standard and the Sydney Morning Herald. Her column in Good Weekend magazine has been running for over ten years and has been collected into three books.
She has written five novels, and co-edited three books of short stories for the charity War Child. She has most recently co-edited an absolutely filthy book of rude stories, with her writer pals Kathy Lette, Jessica Adams and Imogen Edwards-Jones.
She currently lives in Hastings Old Town on the south coast of England, with her husband and daughter.