Catriona Rainsford was born in Cambridge, England. After leaving school, she traveled to India but was forced to return to the UK when she broke her leg in a fall. A promise made in a pub at closing time then took her to Mexico, where a chance meeting began her two-year journey with the malabaristas. Catriona currently lives in London while she studies for a degree in politics, economics and anthropology. She has won numerous prizes for her travel writing.