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. 

 

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