Polly Williams grew up in Oxford and studied English at Manchester University. At the age of 23, she set up and edited her own successful fashion magazine Scene, and went on to work for magazines and newspapers including Frank, Punch, You, InStyle, Dazed and Confused, the Sunday Times and the Independent.
When Polly got pregnant, she decided to take an early maternity leave to begin writing her novel. Instead, on the night of her leaving party, her waters broke, scuppering her plans. The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy did get written, eventually, and Polly hasn’t looked back since.
The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy was published in 2006 and as The Yummy Mummy in the US in 2007. Her second novel A Bad Bride’s Tale was published in 2007 and in the US in 2008 and was followed by A Good Girl Comes Undone in 2008, How to be Married in 2010, and It Happened One Summer in 2011. The Angel at No. 33 was published in the UK in February 2012 and will be published as Afterwife in the US in December 2012. Her latest novel Husband, Missing was published in hardback in January 2013.
She currently lives in Oxford with her husband, two sons and daughter.