Janet Wolff is Professor Emerita at the University of Manchester. She is a sociologist and art historian, and has taught at the University of Leeds, the University of Rochester (New York) and Columbia University. She has published a number of books on aesthetics and the sociology of art. In her most recent book, Austerity Baby (published by Manchester University Press) she has turned from academic to more personal writing, combining memoir, family history and accounts of other lives and events. Central to the book is the experience of her father and his family in Germany in the 1930s.