Rosemary Bailey was born in Halifax, Yorkshire. She was an award-winning travel writer and journalist, and an experienced editor and writing tutor. She wrote a trilogy of books about France — the bestselling Life in a Postcard, The Man Who Married a Mountain and Love and War in the Pyrenees — and a family memoir Scarlet Ribbons: a priest with Aids. As a journalist she contributed regularly to the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Vogue and Elle.
Rosemary was the author and editor of travel guides to the USA, France and Italy. She was an RLF Fellow, teaching writing skills and mentoring students, a regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation and member of the Society of Authors and the British Guild of Travel Writers.