The Words in My Hand (2016) and The Year Without Summer (2020) are both available from your local bookseller, and other online retailers.

Privilege (12th May, 2022)

Privilege is a picaresque story, filled with adventure and mishap. It takes you to the heart of book publishing and censorship in pre-revolutionary France, when a book required royal privilege before it could be published. This privilege required the sanction of the King, enforced by the Chief Censor and a network of spies. Books that fell foul of this system were censored or banned; others were published outside of France and smuggled back at great risk.

When we think of the Enlightenment, we think mostly of works by men. Privilege takes that story and turns it on its head, to reveal a very different book culture that was struggling into existence at the time. The novel carries you headlong into a world both familiar and strange: of fountains and gilded porcelain, literary salons and spies. It tells the story of Delphine Vimond, cast out from her family home after her father is disgraced. Into her life tumbles Chancery Smith, apprentice printer from London, sent to discover the mysterious author of a bundle of papers marked only D. In a battle of wits with the French censor, Henri Gilbert, Delphine and Chancery set off in a frantic search for D’s author. But will they catch-up with D before Gilbert catches up with them?

Please contact Veronique Baxter, David Higham Associates, for rights information.

The Year Without Summer (2020)

My second novel, The Year Without Summer, will be published by Two Roads in early 2020. A summary of the book can be found at the end of the following blog post: The Year Without Summer.

Artwork for paperback edition, 4th Feb 2021:



Shortlisted for the HWA Gold Crown Award 2020.


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Un été de neige et de cendres, (Préludes) and Les Mots Entre Mes Mains (mass market PB, Livre de Poche, 2nd September 2020).




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The Words in My Hand (2016)

My debut novel The Words in My Hand, January 2016, published by Two Roads (John Murray Press). Rights have also sold in Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, France, Serbia, Bosnia & Montenegro. An edition has been published by Hachette in Australia and New Zealand.

It was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and longlisted for the Prix du Roman FNAC.



Audio extract from HodderPod:


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In translation.



Published by Siruela.



Published by Laguna, 27th December 2016.


Prélude Éditions (Le Livre de Poche)

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(LS Amsterdam)


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(Ullstein Buchverlage)


Worte in meiner Hand, Ullstein Buchverlage. Aus dem Englischen von Marion Balkenhol.

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