I write historical fiction set in Japan - women's untold stories, largely true and based on meticulous and detailed research, though primarily, of course, good yarns. I've just finished The Shogun's Queen, the fourth of a quartet of novels set in the nineteenth century during the tumultuous fifteen years when Japan was convulsed by civil war and transformed from rule by the shoguns into a society that looked to the west. The second of the quartet, The Last Concubine, was shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year 2009 and translated into 30 languages. The other two novels are The Courtesan and the Samurai and The Samurai's Daughter. My non-fiction on Japan includes Geisha: The Remarkable Truth Behind the Fiction and Madame Sadayakko: The Geisha who Seduced the West. I'm also a journalist and travel writer, give lectures and teach Creative Writing at City University in London.
- JoinedMay 31, 2016