Joyce Tyldesley is a senior lecturer in Egyptology at the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology, Manchester University, where she runs the on-line Certificate Course in Egyptology. She is also consultant editor of Ancient Egypt Magazine. Educated at Liverpool and Oxford Universities, she has extensive experience of fieldwork in Britain, Europe and Egypt.
Most of her writing has been concerned with New Kingdom Egypt, and her books include acclaimed biographies of Ramesses the Great, the female pharaoh Hatshepsut and Nefertiti. Her biography of Cleopatra, Egypt’s last queen, was a Radio 4 Book of the Week; Egypt: How a Lost Civilization was Rediscovered, accompanied a major BBC series. She has also written several books and a play about ancient Egypt for children.