Emily Young was born in London, to a large family of writers, artists, poets and politicians, and spent part of her childhood in Italy, and the English county of Wiltshire, near Stonhenge and Avebury.
As a young adult, she travelled widely, visiting alongside European countries, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. She has lived in New York and California, Paris, Rome and Kabul.
She has one son, the composer/musician Arthur Jeffes.
She now spends her time between the UK and Italy.