I’ve been reading and writing for as long as I can remember.

I grew up in Kent and moved to London at the age of 17, later graduating in Media Studies from what was then Central London Polytechnic. I worked first as a photographer, and then for many years as a feature writer,  before turning to fiction.

My journalism, on Sudan and later on schools for the Times Educational Supplement and others, led to my two non-fiction books - Daughter of Dust (Simon & Schuster 2009) and Oranges and Lemons (Routledge 2005). In 2001, I was Education Journalist of theYear.

In the last couple of years, I have turned from journalism to writing fiction full-time.

I’ve been greatly helped and encouraged in my writing by my husband Mike Goldwater, my agent Ivan Mulcahy and my writing friends. Simon & Schuster UK are great publishers to work with and I’m fortunate to have Jessica Leeke as my editor.

My two grown up sons are sources of inspiration.

The cats help out when they have time.





I live in London and as well as enjoying company and solitude, reading and writing, I am an enthusiastic and sometimes year-round swimmer in the women’s pond on Hampstead Heath.