Fanny Blake was a publisher for many years, editing both fiction and non-fiction before becoming a freelance journalist and writer.

She has written various non-fiction titles, acted as ghost writer for a number of celebrities, and is also Books Editor of Woman & Home magazine.

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Polly Clark Polly Clark was born in Toronto and lives in Helensburgh on Scotland’s west coast, close to where W H Auden wrote The Orators. She is Literature Programme Producer for Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre, and the author of three poetry collections. She won the MsLexia Prize for Larchfield, the Eric Gregory Award, and has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. @MsPollyClark

Polly Clark

Polly Clark was born in Toronto and lives in Helensburgh on Scotland’s west coast, close to where W H Auden wrote The Orators. She is Literature Programme Producer for Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre, and the author of three poetry collections. She won the MsLexia Prize for Larchfield, the Eric Gregory Award, and has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

@MsPollyClark

Lucy Atkins Lucy has a background in journalism. After working at the Times Literary Supplement, she became a books critic for The Sunday Times and has written reviews and features for UK newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Psychologies, Red, Woman & Home and Grazia. @lucyatkins

Lucy Atkins

Lucy has a background in journalism. After working at the Times Literary Supplement, she became a books critic for The Sunday Times and has written reviews and features for UK newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Psychologies, Red, Woman & Home and Grazia.

@lucyatkins

Rachel Joyce Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and International bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. Rachel has also written over twenty original afternoon plays and adaptations of the classics for BBC Radio. She moved to writing after a long career as an actor, performing leading roles for the RSC and the National Theatre. She lives with her family in Gloucestershire.

Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and International bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy.

Rachel has also written over twenty original afternoon plays and adaptations of the classics for BBC Radio. She moved to writing after a long career as an actor, performing leading roles for the RSC and the National Theatre. She lives with her family in Gloucestershire.


Penny Vincenzi Penny Vincenzi has written fifteen bestselling novels. Her first ‘proper’ job was at the Harrods Library, aged sixteen, after which she went to secretarial college. She joined the Mirror and later became a journalist, writing for The Times, the Daily Mail and Cosmopolitan. @PennyVincenzi1

Penny Vincenzi

Penny Vincenzi has written fifteen bestselling novels.

Her first ‘proper’ job was at the Harrods Library, aged sixteen, after which she went to secretarial college. She joined the Mirror and later became a journalist, writing for The Times, the Daily Mail and Cosmopolitan.

@PennyVincenzi1

Veronica Henry Veronica worked as a scriptwriter for The Archers, Heartbeat and Holby City, amongst many others, before turning to fiction. She won the 2014 RNA Novel of the Year award for A Night on the Orient Express. Veronica lives with her family in a village in north Devon. @veronica_henry ‏

Veronica Henry

Veronica worked as a scriptwriter for The Archers, Heartbeat and Holby City, amongst many others, before turning to fiction. She won the 2014 RNA Novel of the Year award for A Night on the Orient Express. Veronica lives with her family in a village in north Devon.

@veronica_henry ‏

Fiona Barton Fiona Barton's debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in thirty-five countries. Fiona was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives in south-west France.  @figbarton

Fiona Barton

Fiona Barton's debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in thirty-five countries. Fiona was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives in south-west France. 

@figbarton

Kate Eberlen Kate grew up in a small town thirty miles from London and spent her childhood reading books and longing to escape. She studied Classics at Oxford University before working in publishing and as a teacher. Kate now lives on the south coast of England, but spends as much time as she can in Italy, a country she loves. She is married with one son. @KateEberlen ‏

Kate Eberlen

Kate grew up in a small town thirty miles from London and spent her childhood reading books and longing to escape. She studied Classics at Oxford University before working in publishing and as a teacher. Kate now lives on the south coast of England, but spends as much time as she can in Italy, a country she loves. She is married with one son.

@KateEberlen