educated at Oxford, taught at Cambridge for twenty years. Rudyard Kipling lit her imagination as a child and eight years ago she began to research the dangerous lives of Rudyard Kipling and his sister, Trix, believing only fiction could do justice to their story. Kipling & Trix, her fifth book and first novel, won the Virginia Prize for Fiction. She travels widely and has lectured in many countries. Her work has appeared in the Economist, the Guardian and the Independent. She has contributed to television and radio programmes, such as In Search of Cleopatra, Women’s Hour and Night Waves.