Jean Findlay was born in Edinburgh. She studied Law and French at Edinburgh University and Theatre under Tadeusz Kantor in Kracow, Poland. In 1989, she co-founded an award winning theatre company and wrote and produced plays which toured to London, Berlin, Bonn, Rotterdam, Dublin, Glasgow and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. She spent three years writing drama and book reviews for the Scotsman, and has written for the Independent, Time Out and Performance magazine. She lives in Edinburgh with her husband and three children. She is the great-great-niece of CK Scott Moncrieff.