Julia O'Faolain was born in London, the daughter of Sean and Eileen (Gould) O'Faolain, brought up in Dublin and educated at the University of Rome and the Sorbonne, Paris. She has worked as a writer, editor, language teacher and translator, and has lived in France, Italy and the USA. Her novels include The Obedient Wife, No Country for Young Men (which was nominated for the Booker Prize), Women in the Wall, The Irish Signorina and The Judas Cloth, and she has published three collections of short stories, Man in the Cellar, Daughters of Passion, and Under the Rose. In 2016, her memoir, Trespassers: A Memoir, was published by Faber & Faber. Julia O'Faolain is married with one son, and lives in London.