Celia Brayfield is the author of nine novels which range from modern social comedies to genre bestsellers. She chose the London ‘urban village’ of Chiswick as a setting for two novels about suburban life, but has also set her stories in wartime Malaysia, in rural France and in the Canary Islands during a volcanic eruption. Her writing is noted for its strong sense of place, ‘wicked’ social observation and narrative strength. She has also published short and flash fiction, cultural commentary, biography and travel writing, and has not entirely given up her first career as a journalist. A creative writing tutor since 2005, she is an Associate Reader at Brunel University London and Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University. In these roles she has worked with many successfully published and award winning writers. She had a particular interest in historical fiction and in women’s writing. She has served on the Management Committee of The Society of Authors and on the working group which drafted the Creative Writing benchmark statement for the Quality Assurance Agency. She is currently deputy chair of the Higher Education Committee of the National Association of Writers in Education and has been recognised as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.