Jane Shilling is the author of two memoirs, The Fox in the Cupboard (Viking, 2004), about horses and single motherhood, and The Stranger in the Mirror (Chatto & Windus, 2011) about the experience of middle age, which was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and has been translated into Italian, Swedish and Chinese.
After reading English at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, she worked for the publishers Viking Penguin, the literary agency Anthony Sheil Associates, as a sub-editor on the Daily Telegraph arts pages and weekly magazine, and as deputy features editor of the Times. She became a freelance writer in 1998 and has written on books and the arts for publications including the New Statesman, Prospect magazine, the Evening Standard and the Daily Telegraph, for which she writes a weekly column. She has appeared at literary festivals and on television and radio. In 2015 she was a judge for the Costa Biography Award.
She is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Greenwich University, and is working on a novel based on the life of a nineteenth-century Russian artist.