I grew up in north London and studied English at York University, which is when I first fell in love with Yorkshire, the setting for my first novel, Homecoming. Following university, I returned to London and worked as researcher to the Labour chief whip in the House of Commons for a time, before joining an in-house journalism training scheme on a local London paper.
I moved on to national papers as a news reporter - first the Evening Standard, then the Daily Telegraph, then The Times, where I moved from news to features. In 2001 I joined The Guardian as a commissioning editor on Weekend magazine. I stayed at the paper for 11 years, writing and editing across print and web. I left the paper in 2012, when my novel sold to Faber & Faber.
My second novel, Missing, Presumed, is a crime thriller which will be published by Harper Collins in the UK, and by Random House in the US. I am currently working on its sequel.
I live with my husband and two sons in north London.