Joanna Kavenna grew up in various parts of Britain, and has also lived in the USA, France, Germany, Scandinavia, and the Baltic States. Her first book, The Ice Museum, details her travels in the remote North. Her second is a novel called Inglorious, which won the Orange Award for New Writing. It was followed by a novel called The Birth of Love, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her latest novel is a satire called Come to the Edge. Kavenna's writing has appeared in The New Yorker, London Review of Books, The Guardian and Observer, The Times Literary Supplement, International Herald Tribune, The Spectator and The Telegraph, among others. She was named as one of The Telegraph's "20 Writers under 40" in 2010. She has most recently been the Writer-in-Residence at St Peter's College, Oxford.