Joyce Tyldesley was born in Bolton, Lancashire. She studied archaeology at Liverpool and Oxford Universities, before writing a series of academic yet accessible books on ancient Egypt, including several books for children. Her 2008 book Cleopatra: Egypt's Last Queen was a Radio 4 "Book of the Week". Her 2012 book Tutankhamen's Curse (published as Tutankhamen in the USA), won the Felicia A. Holton Book Award of the Archaeological Institute of America. Joyce currently holds a chair in Egyptology at the University of Manchester.