Margaret Mulvihill was born in Dublin and studied history and politics at University College Dublin. She completed her M.A. in economic and social history at Birkbeck, University of London.
Her non-fiction work includes a biography of Charlotte Despard (1989), a biography of Benito Mussolini (1990), an account of the French Revolution (1989), and The Treasury of Saints and Martyrs (1999).
Her novels are Natural Selection (1985), Low Overheads (1987), and St Patrick’s Daughter (1994).
She was UEA Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia in 1989. She has contributed to New Writings Two, published by the British Council, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, The Electronic British Library Journal, and the Fish Anthology, 2007.