Jean Anderson was born in Glasgow. Having contracted Tuberculosis as a child, Jean’s education was delayed. Nevertheless, she went on to university, where she qualified as a teacher of English. Her teaching career saw her in schools in both Glasgow and Angus, from where she retired in 1996.
After retirement from mainstream education, Jean continued to work as a private tutor and a freelance journalist. It was during this point in her life that Jean decided to write Wine Alley Days – the story of her family’s return to Glasgow after wartime evacuation.