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 take my Bar Vocational Course. I qualified as a barrister in 2005.
For nearly a decade I was a criminal and family barrister both in London and around the country. I went on parental leave to have my two children and wrote my debut narrative non-fiction book, In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law (published 2018 by Transworld (Penguin Random House)). Part memoir, part narrative account of cases I was involved in, the book sought to shine a light on the unseen, untold stories behind the world of law.
In Your Defence is available in hardback, paperback, ebook and audiobook. It has been published in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Hong Kong and has been translated into Tawainese. It received widespread critical reviews, was serialised in The Sunday Times and The Guardian. It became a Sunday Times bestseller.
My second narrative non-fiction book, For a Love of The Land (published 2022 by Viking (Penguin Random House) is part-memoir, part narrative account of a selection of farmers from around the country. It seeks to shine a light on the world of farming at a critical point in the future of the countryside by telling some of the human stories so often overlooked, as well as exploring my own connection with this world.
My husband and I and our two small boys shuffle between South West London and Suffolk, where we help run our family farm.