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Margot Livesey grew up in a boys’ private school in the Scottish Highlands, where her father taught and her mother was the school nurse. After earning a B.A. in English and philosophy at the University of York in England, she spent most of her 20s working in shops and restaurants and learning to write. Her first book, a collection of stories called “Learning by Heart,” was published in 1986. Since then Livesey has published seven novels, including her latest, “The Flight of Gemma Hardy” (HarperCollins). Livesey has taught at many institutions of higher learning, such as Boston University, Bowdoin College and Cleveland State University, as well as at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has received many fellowships, including one from the National Endowment for the Arts.