Brenda Maddox is an author and prize-winning biographer. Her biography George's Ghosts: The Secret Life of W.B. Yeats (1999), was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. Born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Brenda holds a degree in English literature cum laude from Harvard and is an honorary member of the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Society. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and also past chairman of the Broadcasting Press Guild and of the Association of British Science Writers. She is a currently a member of the board of the British Journalism Review and has been for many years a vice-president of the Hay-on-Wye Festival. The widow of Sir John Maddox, she has two children, both writers, and two stepchildren.