Sophie Ratcliffe is an academic, writer, and literary critic. She teaches English at the University of Oxford, where she is an Associate Professor and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall. She has published widely in the area of nineteenth and twentieth century literature. Books include her 2008 book about reading and emotion, On Sympathy (Oxford University Press) and her authorised edition P. G. Wodehouse: A Life in Letters (Hutchinson and Norton, 2011). She was a judge for the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize and is on the judging panel for the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize. She has twenty years of experience reviewing for the national press. Her latest book, The Lost Properties of Love was published by William Collins in February 2019.