Charlotte Cory was born in 1956 in Bristol, England.
She read English at the University of Bristol and studied for a D.Phil. in Medieval English at the University of York. She is the author of three novels, The Unforgiving (1991), The Laughter of Fools (1993) and The Guest (1996), the story of the events surrounding the death of a mysterious stranger in a hotel in a small provincial English town. Her radio play, The Day I Finished Off Charlotte Bronte, was broadcast on Radio 4 in 2002.
Charlotte Cory's latest books are The Visitors (2007); Thinking of Leaving Your Husband?: A True Cautionary Tale of Internet Dating, a reworking of one of Cory's radio plays (2011) and Capturing the Brontes: The Brontes and Photography (2013).
Charlotte Cory is also a freelance artist, specialising in woodcuts, and illustrated Pamela Gillilan's The Turnspit Dog, published in 1993. She lives in Manchester.