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Born Clatterbridge, Liverpool 1960

Secondary & Tertiary Education

Wycombe Abbey School, High Wycombe
Howell’s School, Denbigh
Culcheth Hall School, Altrincham

1978-80 Munich business school and one year employment in the Deutsche Bank

Bristol University: German and History of Art (Joint Honours) 1984

Courtauld Institute of Art: Medieval Architecture 1985


Royal Academy of Arts, London 1986-89, secretary to Norman Rosenthal, then exhibition assistant in the Department of Exhibitions

Henry Moore Foundation 1989-1996, Deputy Curator

Freelance Exhibition Organiser 1996-2000

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2000 to 2004, Head of Exhibitions

Full time author since 2004

Royal Literary Fund Fellow at St. Hilda's College Oxford 2019-2021

Comment on my CV: hated school, loved Munich, adored university.

My twenty year career in the art world took me all over the world, setting up exhibitions, looking at works of art, advising on questions about sculpture. It was a difficult decision to give up such a lovely life but the combination of a growing family that I wanted to be at home to enjoy, and a burning desire to write, won over. My choice of subject matter for my books has meant that travel is often possible and I have been lucky enough to have some exciting adventures in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Australia. Who knows where next?

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