Here’s where you find out a little bit about me

I was born in Malaysia  and moved to England at the age of nine.

As a teenager I missed the heat of Malaysia, which left me with a kind of restlessness that led to quite an unusual life. I went to live in Tuscany where I worked as an au-pair for an Italian countess, and there was even a time when I lived with a rock band in a ‘hippie’ commune in Suffolk.

In 1985, the death of my fourteen year old son changed everything. Although it was the darkest of times and I will always miss him, I’m grateful for the years we had together, and I now draw on the experience of loss in my writing. I set my books abroad and aim to infuse the love and loss with the extremely seductive beauty of the East.

My second novel, The Tea Planter’s Wife, was a Richard & Judy Book Club Autumn in 2015 pick as well as being  number one in the Sunday Times Bestselling list. It also reached number 1 in the Italian eBook charts for that year. And those are somethings I’m absolutely delighted about. Book three, The Silk Merchant’s Daughter, was published in February 2016 and also entered Sunday Times Bestselling list as well as the best seller lists in Italy . Book four which is set in 1930s India, Before the Rains, was published in the UK February 2017 and this too entered the best seller lists for both hard copy and eBook in Italy. All my novels are published in the UK/Commonwealth by Penguin/Viking. My books have now been published in over 25 different countries across the globe and this number is still increasing.

Although my husband and I spent five wonderful years living  in a small 16th Century village in Northern Andalusia, I’m happy to say we now live close to our family in Gloucestershire .

Here’s a Q&A video I did  for Penguin about “The Sapphire Widow”:-

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