Judy Wilson, née Matthew, was born in Cambridge and brought up in Caxton, where she went to school before going to the Perse School for Girls in Cambridge. She attended Birmingham and later, Loughborough Universities. Before returning to live in Cambridgeshire, she lived in Africa, Nottingham and London, largely working in local and national health charities. Judy has written three other books, on self help groups and in 2001 was awarded the OBE for services to health care.
She returned to Cambridgeshire in 2004 and lives in Impington with her husband Dick.