Christina Hardyment was born in 1946, and lived in England as a child, except for two years in South Africa (1951-1953). She attended the Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton (1954 -1964), then Newnham College, Cambridge (1964-7) where she spent too much time in the cinema and writing film reviews and not enough in lecture rooms. After leaving university Christina discovered that her father was the Norwegian resistance fighter and writer Eiliv Odd Hauge, and has since made many trips to Norway. After a few years as a film editor, she married Tom Griffith in 1969, taught for two years (Blackheath High School) and had four daughters.
Writing began with an article about Christina's collection of historical sewing machines, which grew into a book on domestic technology, Mangle to Microwave . The children inspired books, articles and broadcasts on family life. Scandinavian wanderlust is reflected in the numerous articles and books Christina has written on where writers lived and worked and set their stories.
Her biography of Sir Thomas Malory, Malory: The knight who was King Arthur's Chronicler was published in 2005. Arthur Ransome and Captain Flint's Trunk, a companion to the people and places in the Swallows and Amazons books, was published in an enlarged and revised edition by Frances Lincoln in 2007. Dream Babies: Babycare Advice from John Locke to Gina Ford was published by Frances Lincoln in 2007. Christina now lives in a rambling house in Oxford with a huge garden, where she is already planning camps and a treehouse for her grandchildren (two boys and a girl so far).
Time off is spent sailing on the river, in a British Moth dinghy.