I'm a writer of novels and short fiction, and a teacher of creative and academic writing. Click the links for more about me:
A brief biography
I was born and brought up in London, with interludes in Manhattan and Brussels, and I read Drama & Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham.
My debut novel The Mathematics of Love (Headline Review/ William Morrow) was published in 2006. We think thatThe Mathematics of Love is the only novel to have been simultaneously listed for the Commonwealth Writers' Best First Book, and the Romantic Novelist's Association Book of the Year. It has also been translated into many languages. My second novel, A Secret Alchemy (Headline Review/Harper Perennial) reached the Sunday Times Bestsellers list, and was named as one of The Times Top 50 Paperbacks of 2009.
I was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths in 2010, and until recently I was an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing with the Open University. I've taught workshops and courses in writing from Christchurch New Zealand to Milton Keynes. I also work one-to-one with writers as an editor and mentor: for more on this see This Itch of Writing: the studio. As a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Goldsmiths, and now the Royal College of Music, I work with academic writing.
My first non-fiction project, Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction will be published by John Murray Learning in March 2016, as part of the famous Teach Yourself imprint.
I live in South London, where I'm working on a third novel, as well as teaching and mentoring writers. In the gaps I write short fiction, and I blog about writing at This Itch of Writing: the blog.
I enjoy photography, cooking and failing to stop buying books. For more about me click here. And if you're wondering, I am great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin and his wife Emma Wedgwood: for more about that, click here