I am a writer, former journalist, and writing teacher. 


My debut novel, They Are Trying To Break Your Heart, was published by Bloomsbury in April 2016, chosen as a Netgalley book of the month, reviewed in The Times Literary Supplement, Los Angeles Times, Publisher's Weekly and by Kirkus Reviews. It has been chosen as one of ten books longlisted for The Desmond Elliott Prize, the UK's biggest prize for debut fiction. 

In 2017, it won the English Language Debut Novel prize in international competition at Le Festival Premier Roman, France.

​I teach Creative Writing at The University of Salford in Manchester. 

My work is interested in the places where the personal and political collide, in the fiction of global affairs, and the aftermath of conflicts.

I have just completed a second novel, All of Russia's Children, a thriller set in Russia in the era of Putin's rise to power. 

On this site you can find links to essays and music I've created along the way and details of any upcoming events.