Anna Kelly was born in London in 1985. She studied French and German at university before starting her publishing career at Hamish Hamilton, where she worked with authors including Ali Smith, Zadie Smith, Mohsin Hamid, Paul Murray, Robert Macfarlane and Alain de Botton. She now works as a commissioning editor of fiction and non-fiction at Fourth Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins UK. Her list includes Joyce Carol Oates, Molly Antopol, Katja Petrowskaja, Jonas Jonasson, Elizabeth McKenzie and Luke Kennard. She lives in south-east London.