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?’.
She is also a screenwriter, working on a number of feature and TV series concepts, featuring strong female leads.
Former British diplomat and Oxfam policy adviser, she has now published over fifty books in genres ranging from historical adventure to fantasy. Read carefully and you’ll spot all sorts of material from her diplomatic and Oxfam careers popping up in unexpected places. She has a doctorate in English literature from Oxford.
Writing as Stirling, ‘Finding Sky’ was shortlisted for the German Children’s Literature Award 2013. Struck (originally published as Storm and Stone) won both the YA Romantic Novel and overall prize of the Romantic Novel of the Year 2015 – the first YA book to win the top prize in the long history of this prestigious award. This inspired her to write her first adult novel, ‘Don’t Trust Me’.
Her books have been sold worldwide in many languages, so Bienvenido, Willkommen, Witaj, dobro pozhalovat, Yōkoso, Huānyíng and many more!