I grew up in Kent, went to Leeds University to read History, and then trained as a nurse and midwife in London, but I’ve lived in Bristol for the last twenty-five years, and I’m very fond of Cornwall. Married with two sons, I began to try to write seriously in my late twenties, and so far I’ve published seven novels and a volume of short stories. For some years I taught Creative Writing for the University of Bristol, and was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Reading University for three years.
Aren’t We Sisters? , Penguin , 2014
The Midwife's Daughter, Penguin , 2012
Short Stories in Great Escapes, , Collins and Brown , 2008
Peripheral Vision , Solidus Press, 2007
Awards and Residencies
I am a Hawthornden Fellow.
Sixth novel Peripheral Vision (Solidus Press) chosen for Radio 4’s A Good Read. The seventh, The Midwife’s Daughter (Penguin 2012) was broadcast as a Book at Bedtime.
Five short stories have been broadcast by Radio Four, the last one I read myself in front of a live audience during the Bath Literary Festival in 2012.