I’m a novelist and short fiction writer. For my first degree I studied sculpture at Winchester School of Art, specialising in wood and stone carving. 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.
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, and was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award in 2016. It was also nominated for the Edinburgh First Book Award 2015, and was a finalist in the ABA (American Booksellers Association) 2016 Indies Best Book Awards.
My second novel, Swimming Lessons, was published in early 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 will be published in the summer and autumn of 2018.
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.)
I am represented by Jane Finigan from Lutyens & Rubinstein.
I live in Winchester, England with my husband and have two grown-up children.
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