Leaf Arbuthnot is an author and journalist. Her first novel, Looking for Eliza, is about an unlikely friendship between a cranky widowed poet, Ada, who starts a business in Oxford selling her services as a grandmother for hire, and her neighbour Eliza, a skint, bisexual Cumbrian doing a doctorate.
Leaf has written for the likes of The Sunday Times, The Guardian and Vogue. Subjects of her interviews include Hilary Mantel, Prince Charles, Jilly Cooper and Ellen Page, and she is a judge in this year's Forward Prizes for Poetry. She studied modern languages at Cambridge and lives in south London. Looking for Eliza is her first novel.