Daisy Goodwin, a Harkness scholar who attended Columbia University's film school after gaining a degree in History at Cambridge University, is a leading television producer in the U.K. After a number of years at the BBC, she set up her own production company, and has been responsible for many successful programs and series. Her poetry anthologies, including 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life have introduced many new readers to the pleasures of poetry. She has also written articles for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Elle and Cosmopolitan in the UK, and was Chair of the judging panel of the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction. She and her husband, an ABC TV executive, have two daughters and live in London. The American Heiress is her first novel.