Stephanie Merritt graduated in English from Queens' College Cambridge in 1996.
She has worked as a critic and feature writer for various publications including The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the New Statesman, Arena, the TLS, Zembla and Die Welt, and since 1998 has been Deputy Literary Editor and a staff writer at The Observer.
She is the author of two novels, Gaveston (Faber) which won a Betty Trask Award in 2002, and Real (Faber, 2005), for which she is currently writing a screenplay.
She has appeared regularly as a critic and panellist on Radio 4 and BBC7, has been a judge for the BBC and Channel 4 new comedy awards as well as the Perrier Award, and appeared as interviewer and author at various literary festivals, as well as the National Theatre and the ENO.
She is currently at work on a third novel.