I am a potter and author based in East London. My debut novel The Doll Factory will be published in the UK by Picador on 2nd May 2019, and by Emily Bestler / Atria in the US on 13th August 2019, and will be translated into 28 languages. It is a Radio 2 Book Club pick. It is set in 1850s London, and it’s about a young woman who aspires to be an artist, and the man whose obsession may destroy her world forever. It is a story of painting, collecting, love, obsession and possession. It won the Caledonia Novel Award 2018 and film and TV rights have sold to Buccaneer Media. I was also interviewed by the Observer as part of their feature on ‘The Hottest-Tipped Debut Novelists of 2019.’
If you’d like a copy, please do make my day and pre-order it. You can pre-order The Doll Factory online from Waterstones, Foyles, your local independent bookshop or Amazon. Waterstones are even running a competition if you order before 1st May - and all these pre-order copies will be an exclusive limited edition.
As well as writing, I make my ceramics in a small studio at the bottom of my garden, where I have a wheel and kiln. I am a one-woman ceramics business, and I've deliberately resisted growing beyond this: I enjoy the flexibility of being small-scale, and being able to put so much time and effort into each piece. I use high-fire stoneware so everything is durable and dish-washer proof - everything you see I use in my own home. My ceramics have featured on Mary Berry’s Britain’s Best Home Cook on BBC1, have been acquired by The Museum of London for their permanent collection, and the Evening Standard recently named me as one of '5 British ceramicists you should know about.'
I love attending markets and talks, and I’ll add any upcoming events when they are confirmed.
Thanks so much for your interest in my ceramics and writing - it means so much to me.
PS - photograph above taken by Sandra Seaton