Jean Findlay was born in Edinburgh. She studied Law and French at Edinburgh University and Theatre under Tadeusz Kantor in Cracow, Poland. She co-founded an award winning theatre company and wrote and produced plays which toured to London, Berlin, Bonn, Rotterdam, Dublin, Glasgow and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. She wrote drama and book reviews for the Scotsman, and has written for the Independent, Time Out, the Guardian and Performance magazine. For work in progress on Chasing Lost Time she won a Hyam Wingate Award, an Authors Foundation Award and was shortlisted for the Alistair Horne Fellowship at Oxford University. She lives in Scotland with her husband; together they have six children. She is the great-great-niece of CK Scott Moncrieff.