Hilary Boyd’s first ‘gran lit’ novel, Thursdays In The Park, was published last year and has since sold over 400,000 copies in ebook and print. She has worked as a nurse, a marriage guidance counsellor and a health journalist and published six non-fiction books on health-related subjects such as step-parenting, depression and pregnancy.
Gill Hornby is a writer and journalist. She lives with her husband, Robert Harris, and their four children in Kintbury, Berkshire. The Hive is her first novel.
Lisa Jewell had always planned to write her first book when she was fifty. In fact, she wrote it when she was twenty-seven and had just been made redundant from her job as a secretary. Inspired by Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, she wrote the first three chapters of what was to become her first novel, Ralph’s Party. It became the bestselling debut novel of 1998. Ten bestselling novels later, she writes every day in a local cafe where she drinks coffee, people-watches, and actually gets some work done.
This is part of the Highgate & Hampstead Literary Festival.