Gabriel Weston was born in 1970. She went to Edinburgh University to read English and from there to medical school in London. She graduated as a doctor in 2000 and became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2003.
She now works as a part-time ENT surgeon, and lives in London with her husband and two children. Direct Red was nominated for the 2009 Guardian First Book Award and won the 2010 PEN/Ackerley prize for an ‘autobiography of outstanding literary merit’.