I was born in Venezuela in 1961 and grew up with my parents and two brothers in London. After school in Hampton, I spent a year working at the Old Vic Theatre before reading English at St Anne’s College, Oxford.
I then joined the BBC as a production trainee, but after a few years succumbed to a hankering for Fleet Street and moved to The Sunday Times. I spent many cheerful years at The Daily Telegraph as media correspondent, but my single most exciting moment in that time was getting a publishing contract for my first novel.
In particular I have a passion for historical fiction and love the research that involves. My novels have been translated into French, German and Italian. Black Roses will be published in France by J.C Lattes in 2014. The second in the Clara Vine series, The Winter Garden, is published in the UK by Simon & Schuster and will be published in America by Ballantine and in Canada by Random House. The third in the series, A War of Flowers, will be published in the UK in 2015.
As well as writing books I now freelance as a journalist, writing regularly for numerous British magazines and newspapers, and also appear as a broadcaster on Radio 4.
I’m married to the writer Philip Kerr and we live with our three children in London.