About

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Hello! Here’s a bit about me…

I grew up in rural Devon and studied English Literature at Cambridge University. I worked as an actress and a corporate trainer in London and Tokyo, then as a lactation consultant in public hospitals in Addis Ababa, where I taught about breastfeeding, skin to skin and kangaroo care for premature babies. Next I moved to Uzbekistan where I worked in advocacy for a big N.G.O. and completed a Masters in Health Promotion. Now I live near London, with my husband Chris, two daughters and my large Ethiopian street dog, Frank. As well as writing books, I’ve written for a number of mothering magazines, The Tokyo Times, The Ethiopian Herald, The Sunday Express, Selamta, and Midwives, and had travel writing published by The Telegraph, Roads and Kingdoms and Litro Literary Magazine. Open My Eyes is my first novel. It was long-listed for the 2016 MsLexia prize and in 2019 it won the People’s Prize for fiction. I sing in a community choir, hike and enjoy speaking several foreign languages, badly.

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