Maureen Freely was born in Neptune, New Jersey, and grew up in Istanbul, Turkey. Since graduating from Harvard in 1974, she has lived mostly in England.
She is the author of five novels — Mother's Helper, The Life of the Party, The Stork Club, Under the Vulcania, and The Other Rebecca — and three works of non-fiction. She is currently at work on a sixth novel, her second to be set in Istanbul. Her translation of Orhan Pamuk's Snow will be published by Faber in May 2004.
She is a senior lecturer in the Warwick Writing Programme in the Department of English at the University of Warwick. She is also a regular contributor to The Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The New Statesman and several Turkish magazines.