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 2017 my husband, son and baby moved by accident from London to the Suffolk countryside. We expected to stay for six months. In the end, we stayed for two years, taking on the running of his small family farm. Our story is woven around the stories of other farmers I met in my second narrative non-fiction book, Rooted: Stories of Life, Land, and a Farming Revolution published on 7/7/2022 by Viking (Penguin Random House). 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.
My husband and I and our two small boys live between South West London and Suffolk, where we continue to run our farm.