About Me

My first novel for children, 'Zelah Green'(Egmont) won the Manchester Children's Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Waterstones, NASEN/TES, Young Minds and Branford Boase awards. A sequel, 'Zelah Green: One More Little Problem' was published the following year.

I then wrote two novels for Frances Lincoln: 'The Taming of Lilah May' and 'Lilah May's Manic Days.' The former was longlisted for the Branford Boase Awards.

I wrote 'The Haunting of Tabitha Grey', a ghost story, for Egmont in 2011 and it was shortlisted for several awards, including the Portsmouth Book Awards and the Nottingham Brilliant Book Awards.

After that I published 'The Baking Life of Amelie Day' with Curious Fox, and then took a different direction by beginning my career as a historical novelists for Young Adults with 'The Earth is Singing',(Usborne), the true story of what happened to the Jews of Latvia during the Holocaust. That novel was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2016, won the Historical Association's 'Young Quills' Award 2016 and also the Warwickshire Year Nine Book Awards 2016. It was also shortlisted for the Peters Books Awards 2016 and the Redbridge Book Awards. My most recent novel is 'The Stolen Ones' (Usborne), a historical novel about what happened during post-Nazi Germany as a result of 'Lebensborn.'

I am also the author of two biographies of Virginia Woolf: 'Virginia Woolf's Women' (Robert Hale) and 'The Hidden Houses of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell' (Robert Hale).

My journalism and book reviews have appeared in the Times, TLS, Spectator, Mail on Sunday, Independent, Guardian, Telegraph, Herald and Scotland on Sunday newspapers and I am a literary consultant both for my own consultancy and also for Reedsy.

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