I’m an author and journalist. My second novel, Greatest Hits, is published in the UK by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, and in various other countries and languages.
My first novel, The Versions of Us, was a number-one bestseller. You can read an extract from it here, and more about the book, and my writing, here. The book is published in the US by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and in 24 other languages – including German, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Czech and Mandarin.
As an arts journalist and theatre critic, I have written regularly for The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph and Time Out London.
I live with my husband Andy and our cat Eno (after Brian, since you’re asking) in Crystal Palace, south-east London, not far from where I grew up.
The fiction I love best takes the world we know, and our own familiar, everyday lives, and renders them rich and strange. Among the writers who’ve most inspired me along the way – and continue to inspire me – are Anne Tyler; Alice Munro; Joyce Carol Oates; Elizabeth Jane Howard; Tessa Hadley; and Richard Yates.
As well as novels, I write short stories, for which I’ve won a few awards – you can read some of those stories here – and I am currently working on my third novel. I also teach creative writing – I’m a lecturer in fiction at Manchester Metropolitan University, and I teach on the Curtis Brown Creative writing programme, and for the Arvon Foundation. I have also worked as a mentor for the charity Arts Emergency (they’re amazing – check them out), and the writers’ development agency Spread The Word.
You can watch my TedX talk on originality in fiction, given at Cambridge University in February 2017, on YouTube here.
My literary agent is the lovely Judith Murray at Greene and Heaton.