Mary Stanley was born in London to an R.A.F. father and Irish mother, who moved to Ireland when she was a baby. She was raised and educated in Dublin. Her début novel, Retreat (2001), was a bestseller. Her other novels include: Missing (2002), Revenge (2003), Searching for Home (2005) and The Lost Garden (2006). With New Island she has published The Umbrella Tree (2009) and The Hijacking of Cassie Peters(2013) as well as An Angel at My Back and Bruno, Peanut and Me, as novellas in New Island’s Open DoorSeries. She has also written numerous short stories, which appear in different collections and on RTE Radio.