About Emily

About Emily

I live in Lewes, East Sussex with my endlessly patient husband and endlessly energetic young son.

I started taking writing seriously when I was accepted onto the Faber Academy  novel writing course in 2012. At the time, I was a support worker for male, female and transgender sex workers in London. I took the course because I love writing, not because I was necessarily seeking a change in career. It felt too audacious to transform myself into a novelist! After some knocks, I wrote – in a frenzy at 4am one morning – what is now the preface to my first novel If You Knew Her. From the off, it felt different to everything I’d written before. The words galloped out of me.

I met my agent, the brilliant Nelle Andrew, soon after the course finished. Nelle sent an early draft of If You Knew Her to publishers and in October 2014 I signed a contract with the fantastic Lucy Malagoni at Little, Brown.

What followed was an intense, but enjoyable, two years of completely reworking the book. The result is If You Knew Her which was published in the UK and the US in 2017 and translated into eight other languages.

I wrote my second novel Grace is Gone when I was pregnant with our son – so there was a very real ticking clock keeping me motivated. I am especially proud of the moral questions raised in Grace is Gone – whether crime can ever be justified, the power of community to influence and confuse, whether penal justice is always relevant – I’ve loved exploring these big questions in the context of what is – hopefully – a page turner.

I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them!