Gillian Binchy grew up on a farm in County Limerick. She studied in UCD, UL and Dublin Institute of Technology. Her love of travel and the outdoors, plus a passion for sea-swimming, inspired much of this debut novel. Gillian has worked both in Ireland and abroad in the travel and tourism industry for many years. She is married to Gary and they live in County Dublin. The loss of their daughter in May 2013 motivated her to write this book.