Mariella Frostrup was born in Oslo and moved to Ireland when she was six. Eight months after her father died, when she was 15, she moved to London with a friend. Having worked as a music PR in the 1980s, including for the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in 1985. She got her broadcasting break on The Little Picture Show in 1993 and has since become one of Britain’s most prominent arts presenters. She presented Open Book for two decades for BBC R4 and is now one of the main presenters on Times Radio. She is also a weekly columnist for The Guardian. She lives in London.
Her books include Dear Mariella (Bloomsbury, 2005), and she co-edited Desire: 100 of Literature's Sexiest Stories alongside the Erotic Review (Head of Zeus, 2016).