Rosemary Bailey was born in Halifax, Yorkshire. She is an award-winning travel writer and journalist, and an experienced editor and writing tutor. She has written 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 has contributed regularly to the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Vogue and Elle.
She is the author and editor of travel guides to the USA, France and Italy. She is an RLF Fellow, teaching writing skills and mentoring students, and a regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation. She is a member of the Society of Authors and the British Guild of Travel Writers. Bailey is married to the biographer, Barry Miles, and has one son. She balances her time between London and the Pyrenees.