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 in 2017 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, Editions Stock in France, and will be published by Citic Press in China, Keter in Israel, and Fiftyonek (Zhan Publishing) in Korea. 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 August 2018 in the UK, in September in Germany, and will be published in the US, Canada, France, and Greece. It is also available as an audio book.
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.
Buy Swimming Lessons
Buy Bitter Orange in the UK or pre-order for other countries.