In 2019 she was writer-in-residence at the Royal Institution, the home of science. She can be found taking an early nineteenth century perspective on modern life in her Jane Austen podcast ‘What Would Jane Do?’.
Former British diplomat and Oxfam policy adviser, she has now published over fifty books in genres ranging from historical adventure to fantasy.
Some of My Books
Welcome to the world of Cat Royal, winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Nestle Children’s Book Prize. Now out as a Modern Classic!
Follow Cat as she storms through the world of the 1790s, going from London to America – and back again!
“Mythical Creatures live among us all. We must protect them.” – Vow of the SPMC (Society for the Protection of Mythical Creatures).
Join in the fight to save mythical creatures from extinction!
The Curious Crime
Is curiosity a crime? Ree discovers the unfairness of being a girl in a male-dominated scientific world, where alternative ideas are swiftly squashed.
The Tigers in the Tower
Sahira’s family are travelling to England to deliver two majestic Indian tigers to the menagerie in the tower of London. But tragedy strikes and sickness steals Sahira’s parents from her on the journey. Left alone in London, Sarhira finds herself confined to a miserable and dangerous orphanage. Despite her heartache and the threats she faces, Sahira is determined to carry out her father’s last request – to protect God’s beautiful creatures: her tigers. To do so, Sahira must set out on an adventure and use all her powers of persuasion to engage the help of some new friends along the way. Can the quest to find her tigers a safe home, lead Sahira to find her own place of hope and belonging in this strange and foreign land?
At the Launch of the Curious Science Quest
with Prof Andrew Briggs, Roger Wagner and Brett Hudson.
At the New Scientist Live Event
I took Philoponus the Dodo on this first public outing and did lots of messy experiments with my young scientist companion, it was fun.