Marianne Taylor is a writer, illustrator, photographer and editor. Her interest in natural history began from an extremely early age, as she became passionately interested in first butterflies and then birds. As the daughter of two librarians, one of whom later became a secondhand bookseller, she grew up as bookish as she was bird-obsessed. She worked for seven years in natural history publishing, for both book and magazine publishers, and switched to freelancing in 2007. She loves to travel in search of wildlife, and has a particular fascination with the great travellers of the natural world.