Originally from Michigan, Molly Gartland, the author of The Girl from the Hermitage, worked in Russia from 1994 to 2000 and has been fascinated by Russian history and culture ever since. She has an MA in Creative Writing from St Mary’s University, Twickenham and lives in London.

The manuscript for her debut novel The Girl from the Hermitage was shortlisted for the Impress Prize and longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition, the Bath Novel Award and Grindstone Novel Award.