Caroline Blackwood was born in Knightsbridge, London, in July 1931. Her hectic and bohemian life, partly a rebellion against her aristocratic family, included marriages to the painter Lucian Freud, the pianist and composer Israel Citkowitz and the poet Robert Lowell.
She began to write in the 1970s and her first novel was For All That I Found There. Her other works included Great Granny Webster which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and The Last of the Duchess.
Caroline Blackwood died in February 1996 aged 64.