Books & Writing
As far as I and my agent know, my debut novel, The Mathematics of Love, is the only book ever to be simultaneously on the shortlist of the Commonwealth Writers' Best First Book, and the list for the Romantic Novelists' Association Book of the Year. It was shortlisted for other prizes too, and has been translated into many languages and sold all round the world. Read the reviews.
My second novel, A Secret Alchemy, reached the Sunday Times bestsellers lists and was named as one of The Times' Best Paperbacks of 2009. A Secret Alchemy too has been translated and published all round the world. Read the reviews.
Both novels were published by Headline Review in the UK & Commonwealth, and by William Morrow/Harper Perennial in the US. I have a third novel in the works. Click the links above to read extracts and more about how they came to be written, suggestions for reading groups, and further reading
My first publication credit was actually a short story, and since then my short fiction has won prizes, appeared in anthologies, magazines and the national press, and been broadcast on Radio 4. Click here for more about my short fiction
I am thrilled that I've recently been commissioned by Hodder/John Murray Learning to write Get Started Writing Historical Fiction, for the Teach Yourself list. It will be published towards the end of 2015.
I have given lectures in Spain, Mexico and Britain on writing, and on creativity in my family, and I'm also working on a book based on my blog This Itch of Writing.