Marika Cobbold was born in Sweden to a family of storytellers and journalists. Growing up she successfully diluted the Scandinavian gloom born of Strindberg and Lagerlof by reading the entire oeuvre of PG Wodehouse (in translation). Having resisted following in family footsteps she eventually succumbed and wrote her first novel, Guppies For Tea which was a WH Smith Fresh Talent pick, shortlisted for the Sunday Express Novel of the Year prize and made into a German feature film. Marika now has a number of short stories published in Swedish and British magazines and novels published across Europe and North America.

Marika lives and works in North London, secure now she's finally got British citizenship. (She had to sit an English test; her work having been a set text for GCE English exams was deemed insufficient evidence of proficiency.)