Geraldine Bedell was born in the East End of London, spent her childhood moving out along the Central line and, once she could, moved back again. Geraldine is currently editor of Gransnet and frequently speaks on issues to do with ageing and ageism. She edited the New Old Age for NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Art)s. Previously a writer and critic with the Observer and a columnist for the Independent on Sunday, she has authored documentaries for Radio 4 and wrote the Make Poverty History Handbook. She is the author of four books including Party Tricks (1996), A Fabulous Fling (2000), and The Handmade House (2005). Her most recent novel, The Gulf Between Us, a novel about prejudice set in the Arabian Gulf, was published by Penguin in 2009. She lives in London with her husband and four children.