Nicola Bayley was born in Singapore and earned a degree in illustration at the Royal College of Art. At her degree show, she caught the eye of the publisher Tom Maschler, who commissioned her to illustrate a book of nursery rhymes. She has since illustrated dozens of children’s picture books, most of which involve cats. In fact, Richard Adams wrote The Tyger Voyage specifically to show off Bayley’s talent for painting cats. Her work has won several awards, including Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year from British Book Awards and a nomination for a Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in South London with her husband, son, and, of course, cat.