I'm a novelist and journalist whose first novel, The Art of Baking Blind, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in hardback in July 2014 and in paperback in August 2015. It's also been published by St Martin's Press in the US, and  in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic and Brazil. The Farm at the Edge of the World was published in HB on June 2016 and will be published in PB on January 12 2017, with France and Germany publishing later next year. Anatomy of a Scandal, a psychological drama, will be published in January 2018 by Simon & Schuster UK and Emily Bestler Books, US, and will be translated into 13 other languages. I'm now starting my fourth novel.

Though I didn’t start writing fiction in earnest before I turned 40, I have put pen to paper – or fingers to a keyboard – every day of my career. Before writing novels, I was a journalist, writing under the byline Sarah Hall. After journalism college and work at The Times, I trained with the Press Association and spent 11 years on The Guardian as a news reporter, health correspondent and political correspondent. I left after having my second baby and began to freelance.

Long before that,  I read English at Brasenose College, Oxford. Reading Beowulf may not have helped me become a novelist but reading and thinking about writing for three years undoubtedly did. I now live just outside Cambridge with my husband and two young children and when I'm not writing or reading, I love to swim, read and bake.