novelist, born in Wellingborough, brought up in Suffolk, and educated at the Open University and the University of Sheffield. Her first novel, Honour Thy Father (1990), was a dark rural Gothic story, set in the East Anglian fens, narrated by one of four ageing sisters, looking back on a life of murder, secrets, and incest. Partial Eclipse (1994) is about a woman prisoner leading a fantasy life through her ancestor, who had been transported to Botany Bay. Her work is dark, brooding, and powerfully realized, particularly, as in Easy Peasy (1997), when evoking the fearful and secret world of children, or the darker side of female sexuality. Her other novels include Sheer Blue Bliss (1999), Now You See Me (2001), and As Far as You Can Go (2004).