Rowan Pelling was born in 1968 in Kent. She studied English at Oxford and then worked at Private Eye as Ian Hislop’s PA and editorial assistant. After stints at GQ and the Erotic Print Society, in 1997 she founded The Erotic Review, and edited the magazine until it was sold in late 2004.
Rowan Pelling is a regular guest on Radio Four’s Saturday Review and contributes to various programmes on Radio Three and Radio Four. She has appeared on numerous TV programmes including Question Time, Newsnight, Panorama and The Soul of Britain, BBC Four’s Before the Booker (championing Jane Austen’s Persuasion victoriously), and BBC Four’s The Big Read.
Her print journalism includes writing a weekly column, 'This is the Life', for the Independent on Sunday.
She is now a columnist for the Daily Telegraph, and lives in Cambridge.