I grew up in southeast London and studied English Lit at UCL. I partied a lot, thought about what it meant more than was healthy and had two noisy, beautiful children quite young.
A few years ago, I started a PhD on The Hunting of the Snark. While procrastinating in the library, I wrote Mushroom Season, which was runner up for the FT/Bodley Head Essay Prize, and off the back of that I started writing books, the first of which, Uprooted, was recipient of the Roger Deakin Award.
I have appeared on BBC Radio 2’s Up All Night, Radio 3’s Free Thinking and Radio 4’s The World Tonight, and at numerous festivals, and like writing and talking and collaborating on all sorts of things. I live with my children near Hay-on-Wye.