Daisy Goodwin, a Harkness scholar who attended Columbia Film School after gaining a degree in History at Cambridge University, began her TV career at the BBC as an arts producer. At Television Centre, she made films about literary figures, and devised Bookworm and The Nations Favourite Poems Initiative. Whilst at the BBC she also devised the hugely successful shows Looking Good and Home Front. She has now formed her own production company, Silver River Productions. A mother of two children, Daisy also edits poetry anthologies, including the bestseller 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life. Daisy made her debut as a presenter in the BBC2 production of Essential Poems (To Fall In Love With) followed by Essential Byron and Essential Poems for Britain which were transmitted in 2003. Her debut novel My Last Duchess (The American Heiress) is the story of Cora Cash, an American heiress who marries an English duke at the end of the nineteenth century.