I write from a studio/shed in my townhouse garden in Oxford. A small space, it's perfect for cooking up bigger ones. I love to write about sprawling, dysfunctional families in curious, characterful settings. A crime usually beats at the heart of my books. As I love stories that envelope you in their world but also read at a page-turning pace, I try to write them too.
Married with three children. Owner of a very hairy and doting golden retriever called Harry.
Studied English Lit at Manchester University and went on to do a post-grad in journalism. I once edited a street fashion magazine, Scene (no longer on the scene, or in existence) and wrote for many publications including Dazed and Confused, Punch, InStyle, Red, Marie-Claire, You and national newspapers. I also wrote seven novels under the name Polly Williams. My first novel was The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy. It's not much like my Eve Chase books - I put in my 10,000 odd hours practise, and I think I got better.
I read all the time, happily hopping between authors and genres. My ever changing list of favourite authors include Maggie O'Farrell, Liane Moriarty, Kate Atkinson, Elizabeth Strout, Diane Athill, Donna Tartt, Lisa Jewell, Elizabeth Fremantle, Raymond Carver, Jane Austen, Kate Morton, Hilary Mantel, and Barbara Vine.
Probably at my happiest gardening on a warm spring day. I'm obsessed by my garden. You should see my Annabelle hydrangeas.
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Thank you so much to those of you who've taken the time to read my books, review and blog about them.
Long live the book!
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