I'm a novelist and journalist who has alway wanted to write fiction. My first novel, The Art of Baking Blind, was published in 2014 by Hodder, and nine other countries. The Farm at the Edge of the World, followed in 2016, and in 2017 became a bestseller in France. My instant international bestseller, Anatomy of a Scandal, heralded a shift in genre: part courtroom drama, part portrait of a marriage, part psychological thriller, it draws on my experience as a political correspondent, court reporter, and student at Oxford to explore power, privilege, and consent. With 26 deals, it spent ten weeks in the Sunday Times bestsellers’ lists; has been shortlisted for the audible crime book of the year; longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier crime book of the year; and is in the running to be the best thriller chosen by readers of Elle France. My fourth novel, Little Disasters, partly set in a hospital and in a similar vein to Anatomy, will be published in February 2020.
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, two children, geriatric cat and puppy. When I'm not writing, I love to walk, run, read.