Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m forty four, slave to three young kids and a dog, alongside fifteen years as a news journalist and four as a fiction writer. My debut novel The Source (published last month) is a thriller in which the army, the state and the press collide in one woman’s search for the truth about her past.
What are you currently working on?
I’m drafting my third book alongside editing my second – The Shot – an international thriller blurring objectivity with complicity as two journalists fight to make the difference they crave.
Which six books will you take to the island?
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, my favourite book of all time, I never tire of revisiting it.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D Taylor, to always remind me what’s important.
Anne of Ingleside, by L M Montgomery, the best of the Annes and a happy echo of the vagaries of a contented childhood.
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, the ultimate portrait of family and siblings to help me deal with missing my own!
100 Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in Spanish, so I constantly have to go back and check what I’m missing even though I’ve read and loved it a dozen times. Plenty to keep me occupied!!
A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking. I’ve never read it and always meant to. It feels like the right time to start!!
What disc will you take to the island? Please give us the reason.
Comfortably Numb, by Pink Floyd. I feel every emotion listening to it. And it gives me all the feels of being a teenager.
What luxury item will you take to the island? Please give us the reason.
An unlimited supply of the most expensive, decadent moisturiser for face and body with a decent SPF. Any amount of salty dry skin makes me very uncomfortable!
Which fictional character will you meet on the island?
Jackson Brodie from Kate Atkinson’s Case Histories. Or am I allowed to say Jimmy McNulty from The Wire? If so I’ll take Jimmy!