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Novelist and non-fiction writer
My first novel, The Mathematics of Love (Headline Review), was shortlisted for, among others, the Commonwealth Writers and Goss First Novel Awards; my second, A Secret Alchemy (Headline Review), was a Sunday Times Bestseller. My latest book is Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction (John Murray/Teach Yourself).
My short fiction has won prizes and been broadcast, I have appeared at literary festivals from Hay to Christchurch New Zealand, and I judge competitions, run workshops, mentor writers, and blog at This Itch of Writing.
And if you're wondering, yes, I am related to Charles Darwin.
I was born and brought up in London, with interludes in Manhattan and Brussels, and I read Drama & Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham.
My debut novel The Mathematics of Love (Headline Review/ William Morrow) is possibly the only novel to have been simultaneously listed for the Commonwealth Writers' Best First Book, and the Romantic Novelist's Association Book of the Year. It has also been translated into many languages, while my second novel, A Secret Alchemy (Headline Review/Harper Perennial) reached the Sunday Times Bestsellers list. My first non-fiction project, Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction was published by John Murray Learning in March 2016, as part of the famous Teach Yourself imprint.
I was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths in 2010, and until recently I was an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing with the Open University. I've taught workshops and courses in writing from Christchurch New Zealand to Milton Keynes. I now work one-to-one with writers as an editor and mentor, while my blog This Itch of Writing is read by writers around the world. As a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Goldsmiths, and now the Royal College of Music, I work with academic writing.
I live in South London, where I'm working a book about my family, and another novel. I enjoy photography, cooking and failing to stop buying books. And if you're wondering, I am great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin and his wife Emma Wedgwood: for more about that, click here:
Make personal appearances, Novelist, Give seminars/workshops, Give talks and readings to adults
Historical Fiction, Fiction, Short Fiction, Life Writing, Creative Writing, Academic Writing, the Darwin-Wedgwood family