Born in a small village in Northamptonshire, the youngest of six girls, Ann Bennett lived in the same village until she was eighteen and left for school at Northampton High School for Girls before she read Law at Girton College, Cambridge and the College of Law in London, qualified and practised as a solicitor. Ann worked in the city until she got married in 1990 and started to work in Legal Aid firms until her first son was born in 1992. Ann has written passionately all her life and has finished numerous short stories and three full-length novels that have never seen the light of day. In 2011 she became a keen contributor to YouWriteOn (a peer review site for writers) and receiving feedback from other writers helped her finish The Pomelo Tree, the book that eventually became Bamboo Heart. Ann’s father inspired her interest in South East Asia during WWII. He had been a prisoner of war on the Thailand Burma Railway, and the idea for Bamboo Heart and a Southeast Asian WWII trilogy came from researching his wartime experiences and retracing his steps. The research took Ann to Asia, and she has returned to many times since on her own and with her family. She now lives in Farnham, Surrey with her husband and three sons. She works in London as a lawyer.