Mary Stanley was raised and educated in Dublin. Her debut 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 Door Series. She has also written numerous short stories, which appear in different collections and on RTE Radio.