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I studied English Literature at Oxford University and taught English as a foreign language in Rome, before becoming a journalist and literary translator (Italian-English).

For ten years I worked as a reporter and editor for The Times newspaper, Agence France-Presse, the BBC and others, reporting from China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Myanmar. 

In 2016 I returned to the UK to study on the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, graduating with distinction.

One of my short stories, The Hikers, won the Royal Society of Literature's VS Pritchett Prize 2017 and another, Please Be Good To Me, won the same prize in 2018. I was also longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018 and the BBC Short Story Award 2018. My first novel, Elinor Snow, was named Best Novel from the UK and Ireland in the 2019 Caledonia Novel Award. I live in North London with my husband and cat