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I worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for years before moving into magazines, and then turning my hand to fiction after having my third baby. As a journalist, my work varies from undercover investigations to celebrity interviews - but what really interests me is seemingly ordinary people who do extraordinary things. This is definitely the springboard for the ideas in my novels, which I hope are as pacey and entertaining as they are transportive. My favourite books include Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty, Restless by William Boyd, Alys, Always by Harriet Lane, The Secret History by Donna Tartt and The Constant Gardener by John Le Carre, but I'm also inspired by (and unashamedly addicted to) compelling TV drama, with favourite series including The Night Manager, True Detective, and The Honourable Woman. After spending time exploring the legacy of my grandfather, the double agent Kim Philby, I became interested in spy fiction and decided to write the books I longed to read: female-led stories that are twisty, stylish and multi-layered, tying together global espionage with haunting domestic noir.Read more Read less
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