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 fifteen countries for translation.
It won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction, and has been longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. 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, will be published in the UK and Commonwealth also by Fig Tree / Penguin at the end of January 2017, by Tin House in the US, House of Anansi in Canada, Świat Książki in Poland, Editions Stock in France, and Piper in Germany.
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.