I was born and grew up in London and studied English Literature at Cambridge University. I’ve worked in publishing for over ten years, most of which were spent at Faber & Faber, editing writers such as John Carey and Viv Albertine. In 2012, I went part-time to build my practice as a visual artist (you can find out more about this here). I started writing fiction in 2013.
My first novel, The Upstairs Room, was published in 2017. It was a Book of the Year in the Times and the Spectator, Michael Frayn called it ‘a very impressive debut’, John Carey described it as ‘spellbinding’ and Susan Hill called it ‘the real thing. Frightening, clever and full of atmosphere.’
At the end of 2017, I received a grant from the Society of Authors to write my second novel, which I’m working on at the moment. It isn’t a ghost story, but certain themes are making a reappearance: I’m still interested in London, where and how people live, women’s lives and mysteriously charged objects.
I also take on a limited number of writers to work with one-to-one, take part in literary events and readings, and give talks to creative writing classes. If you’d like to work with me, please get in touch.
Kate is a first-class editor and I strongly recommend her.
Graham Farmelo, author of The Strangest Man, winner of the Costa Award for Biography and the LA Times, Science Book Prize