I grew up in a small town thirty miles away from London and spent my childhood reading books and longing to escape. I even learned the London Underground Map off by heart just so I would be ready if and when the opportunity arose. My fascination with different lives and cultures led me to study Classics at Oxford University, but I discovered that I was much less interested in academia than I was in the world of work.
I’ve had lots of jobs – from running my own jewellery business at the age of twelve, au pair in Rome and New York, lift girl at Harrods (smiling, as if for the first time, whenever someone remarked ‘I bet this job has its ups and downs’), to working in publishing and writing books. I have also taught English as a Foreign Language, and I wrote MISS YOU in the afternoons when I was teaching in the mornings.
When MISS YOU became an international bestseller, I was able to become a full time writer.
For my new novel ONLY YOU, I was incredibly fortunate to spend 5 months living glorious, sun-drenched Rome. The novel is inspired by my interest in the Italian language and classical literature, but also by my passion for dance. I enjoy all forms of dance from ballet to ballroom and I think the exhilaration of dancing is very close to the wonderful excitement of falling in love.
I’m now living in London. I love everything about this city – the buzz, the diversity, the culture, the parks, the sparkling River Thames – and this is also reflected in ONLY YOU.
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