Jenny Salaman Manson was born in Harpenden, Herts. She studied History at Oxford and in 1969 graduated, moved to London, married Michael Manson (a medical and veterinary book publisher) turned 21 and joined the Inland Revenue. She has worked for the Revenue (now HMRC) since then taking off time to have two daughters and in 1987 to stand for the Labour Party in the general election. She is still politically active but increasingly concentrates on focused campaigns such as better conditions for asylum seekers.
“What it Feels Like to be Me” came out of a lifelong interest in the nature of existence and especially in how people deal with their own uncertainty and aloneness.