I’m a novelist and short fiction writer. For my first degree I studied sculpture at Winchester School of Art. I began writing fiction at the age of 40, after many years working as a co-director of a marketing agency. I have a Masters (distinction) in Creative and Critical Writing from The University of Winchester. I live in Winchester, England with my husband and cat called Alan, and have two grown-up children.
My first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days was published in the UK by Fig Tree / Penguin, by House of Anansi in Canada, and Tin House in the US, as well as selling in a further ten countries for translation. It won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction, was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award in 2016, and was a finalist in the ABA (American Booksellers Association) 2016 Indies Best Book Awards.
My second novel, Swimming Lessons, was published by Fig Tree / Penguin in the UK and Commonwealth, House of Anansi in Canada, Tin House in the US, Piper in Germany, Świat Książki in Poland, Fiftyonek (Zhan Publishing) in Korea, Editions Stock in France, Citic Press in China, and will be published by Keter in Israel. It is also available as an audio book from Audible. It was shortlisted for the Encore Prize for second novels, selected by Book of the Month in the US to be one of their books for December 2016, and was a best-seller in Canada.
My third novel, Bitter Orange was published in the UK, Germany, the US, Canada, and Greece. And it will be published in France, Russia, and Spain. It is also available as an audio book. It was named as a book of the year by Amazon, The Spectator, and Vulture. It has received excellent reviews, being compared favourably with Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, and Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.
My short stories have been published in many literary journals and shortlisted in prizes. Baker, Emily and Me, won the 2014 BBC Opening Lines competition (read it here), and my story, A Quiet Tidy Man, won the Royal Academy and Pin Drop short story award 2016. (Listen to Juliet Stevenson reading it) and has been included in the Pin Drop / Simon & Schuster anthology: A Short Affair.
I am represented by Jane Finigan from Lutyens & Rubinstein.
I also teach writing on various short courses. I have taught fiction at Arvon, short story writing at Winchester Writer’s Festival, and at Jane Austen’s House Museum, and flash fiction at The End of the Road Festival. Get in touch if you’d like me to teach a writing course. Forthcoming courses can be found on my events page.
And finally, I have judged / am judging several short story and flash writing competitions including Jane Austen 200, Rye Literature Festival, Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction, and the Raymond Carver short story contest. Get in touch if you’d like me to discuss judging your fiction competition.
Buy Swimming Lessons
Buy Bitter Orange