After gaining a degree in English Literature at a not-very-prestigious university, I worked as a barmaid, legal secretary and note-taking clerk before completing a law conversion course. Thanks to a scholarship from Gray's Inn Of Court I was able to go on and take my Bar Vocational Course and qualified as a barrister in 2005.
For nearly a decade I practiced criminal and family law both in London and around the country before taking parental leave to have my two children. During this time I wrote about my time as a barrister.
In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law was published by Transworld (Penguin Random House) in 2018 and is available in hardback, ebook and audiobook. It became a Sunday Times Bestseller.
In 2017 various unexpected life circumstances meant that I found myself moving out of London to live in rural Suffolk. This experience, together with the stories of the farmers I met both then and afterward, brought back memories of my own childhood as a farmer's granddaughter. Together they form the basis of my second narrative non-fiction book, For a Love of The Land. It will be published by Viking (Penguin Random House) in 2022.
My husband and I and our two small boys are based between London and Suffolk.