Alumnae authors

St Anne's College is proud to have so many alumnae who have gone on to be successful authors. If you have written a book that you would like us to include here, please send us an e-mail with details and a scan of the jacket. We also have an alumnae publications section in the Library, and all authors are welcome to send us their books for inclusion. 

Dianna Anderson (2016)

Dianna E. Anderson completed her Master of Studies in Women's Studies at St. Anne's in 2016, and already had the idea for PROBLEMATIC brewing when she walked out of the Sheldonian that July. Inspired by conversations with fellow St Anne's students, and spurred on by her research into feminist theory and film studies, she tackles the problem of applying feminist theory and feminist criticism to modern popular culture. The book received endorsements from National Public Radio host Gene Demby, and from American sports writer and podcast host Jessica Luther. Since graduation, Anderson has moved to Minneapolis, MN, where she works at a non-profit and continues to write for DAME, Cosmo, Rolling Stone, and Religion Dispatches.



Rosemary Baird Andreae FSA (Gilbert 1970)

Rosemary Baird was Curator of the Goodwood Collection, West Sussex (1996-2009), where she also ran the restoration of the historic state rooms. She is the author of Mistress of the House: Great Ladies and Grand Houses 1670-1830 (2003), and of Goodwood: Art and Architecture, Sport and Family (2007), as well as of many articles. She was formerly a lecturer in British, French and Italian art and architecture, having studied at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris after a postgraduate Diploma in the History of Art at Oxford (1970-71), prior to which she read English at Cambridge. With especial interest in English 18th century country houses and their collections, her work focuses on interiors, paintings and furniture as well as on landscape and biography. Now Trustee of the Georgian Group and of the medieval Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty, Winchester, she was previously Chairman of Art Fund Hampshire 2013-2016.



Denise Bates (Modern History, 1978)

Denise is a Modern History graduate, who found digitised newspapers an invaluable source of unexplored material when researching her first two books, Pit Lasses (Wharncliffe Books, 2012) and Breach of Promise to Marry (Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 2014). With the news currently a hot topic, Historical Research Using British Newspapers (Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 2016) outlines the newspaper industry in Britain from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century and provides plenty of practical advice about using newspapers as sources. More information about Denise, her writing and her research is available at



Frances Burton (Heveningham Pughe 1960)

Core Statutes on Family Law: 2017-18 (Palgrave, 2017). Frances Burton has been selecting and editing this collection in the Palgrave Macmillan series since it was started in 2005 and has just finished the 2018-19 edition, which will be published in the first week of August 2018. Frances is currently a Senior Lecturer in Law at Buckingham University. Teaching specialisms include Equity & Trusts and Land Law, and Family and Child Law. However, it is a unique feature of the Core Statutes that in addition to English Law statutes we also include more Conventions than other collections and also the Rules of Family Arbitration under the Institute of Family Arbitrators Scheme.



Stewart Cowley (DPhil Physical Sciences, 1982)

Stewart Cowley is a regular columnist for the Sunday Telegraph and the financial magazine Citywire. He is also a regular guest on BBC's Newsnight, Radio 4 and SKY News. After reading metallurgy to doctoral level, Stewart has worked in finance in New York and London since the 1980s. His book Man Vs Money (Aurum Press, 2016) distils the complexities as to how money and economics govern our world in this guide to modern-day money and our relationship with it. Along the way, discover how the statistics that govern our world are based on guesswork, why stock markets are like a wandering drunken man, what you need to live like a millionaire and why cooking has made man the dominant species on the planet. His new book Man Vs Big Data is due for publication in September of 2017.



Catherine Chanter (English Language and Literature, 1977) 

Catherine Chanter‘s haunting first novel The Well, published by Canongate, is set in a near-future Britain where it has not rained for two years, the drought bringing social unrest to the entire country. The only place remaining inexplicably fertile is The Well, Mark and Ruth’s country home. The Well was a Richard & Judy book club pick, was long-listed for the CWA John Creasey (new blood) dagger 2015 and has sold in 12 countries. Catherine’s second novel is The Half-Sister, a compelling portrayal of a family imprisoned by the past and their struggle to find the words that will release them.  It will be published by Canongate in April 2018.

Catherine has written for BBC Radio 4 and has had short stories and poetry published in a wide range of anthologies and publications. She has a Masters, with distinction, in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University. Besides being an author, Catherine has led education provision within the NHS for young people with significant mental health problems and currently works for One-Eighty, an Oxford charity which seeks to engage excluded and vulnerable children and teenagers in learning.



Carys Davies (Bowen-Jones 1978)

Carys is the author of a novel, West (Granta Books, 2018), and two collections of short stories, Some New Ambush and The Redemption of Galen Pike, which won the 2015 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. West is a spellbinding and timeless epic-in-miniature, an eerie parable of early frontier life and an electric monument to possibility. When widowed mule breeder Cy Bellman reads in the newspaper that colossal ancient bones have been discovered in a Kentucky swamp, he sets out from his small Pennsylvania farm to see for himself if the rumours are true: that the giant monsters are still alive and roam the uncharted wilderness beyond the Mississippi River. Promising to return within two years, he leaves behind his daughter, Bess, to the tender mercies of his taciturn sister, Julie. With only a barnyard full of miserable animals and her dead mother’s gold ring to call her own, Bess fills lonely days tracing her father’s route on maps at the subscription library in town and shrinking from the ominous attentions paid to her and her aunt by their neighbour and sometimes yard hand, Elmer Jackson. Bellman, meanwhile, ventures farther and farther from home, across the harsh and alien landscapes of the West in reckless pursuit of the unknown.



Paul Donovan, 1990

Paul is the Chief Economist of UBS Global Wealth Management. He is a member of the Global Investment Committee, a UBS Opinion Leader, a sponsor of UBS Speak Up and a UBS Pride Ally. Paul is responsible for developing and presenting the UBS economic outlook, marketing the UBS view on economics, policy and politics around the world. He regularly appears in the print and broadcast media, and is a reluctant Tweeter on economic issues. He is an Honorary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford, sitting on its investment committee, and is a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Circle of Oxford. He holds an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London. Paul is also a co-founder of the Peter Culverhouse Memorial Trust (a cancer research and patient care charity). 

Paul co-authored From Red to Green? How the financial credit crunch could bankrupt the environment with Julie Hudson, published in August 2011. Food Policy and the Environmental Credit Crunch: From Soup to Nuts, also co-authored with Julie, was published in September 2013. Paul contributed to How the world really works: the economy, a children’s guide to economics published in May 2014. His book The Truth About Inflation was published in April 2015.



Gisèle Earle (Wilson 1964)

After Oxford Gisèle Earle taught French and Spanish in a variety of secondary schools, including Headington School, Oxford. On retirement, while studying for an MA in Spanish and Latin American Studies at King’s College, London, she became interested in the literature of fifteenth-century Spain and returned to King’s to write a doctoral thesis on the fifteenth-century poet, Gómez Manrique. This has now been published as Gómez Manrique, Statesman and Poet: The Practice of Poetry in Fifteenth-Century Spain (Legenda, 2018). Gómez Manrique has long rested in the shadow of his more famous nephew, Jorge, but he deserves to be better known. His long and active life as a soldier, statesman and diplomat is reflected in his large and varied corpus of work. This study focuses on the social, economic and political context in which the poet lived and draws comparisons with some other poets who were his contemporaries. 



Susan Foreman (Kremer 1957)

After Oxford (1957-60) Susan had a succession of jobs – advertising copywriter, Librarian at Reading University and the Board of Trade, before becoming Publications Officer at the DTI and later Librarian of the Office of Fair Trading.  In 1985, she wrote an Illustrated history of the Board of Trade for the Bicentenary in 1986, Shoes and Ships and Sealing-Wax: an illustrated history of the Board of Trade 1786-1986.  Later came other books on Whitehall, notably From Palace to power: an illustrated history of Whitehall. (1995), and later with Diana Wolfin she worked on courses for helping women returners get back to work. Susan Foreman has documented Felix Aprahamian’s remarkable life in music, including a full transcript of his detailed 1930s musical diary for which Susan wrestled with over 200 pages of closely written manuscript original. This book was jointly produced with Susan’s husband Dr Lewis Foreman, and they also wrote, among other books London: a musical gazetteer (Yale, 2005). 



Robert Gardner (Geography, 1997)

Pensions consultancy founder Robert Gardner has a passion for financial wellbeing. Robert sits on the board of the Children’s Savings Council, and Save Your Acorns was inspired by a strong interest for financial education. Teaching children the value of saving through berries, bananas and bears, Robert’s book has received wide acclaim for its approachable, and practical, financial narrative. In a recent interview with Financial Times Fund Management Robert confirmed he is planning to write another book, this time with a shark as the main character, exploring the problems of getting into debt. Robert Gardner is the founder of Redington, sponsors of the St Anne’s Boat Club.



Kersten Hall (Biochemistry, 1988-1992)

Having worked for several years as a molecular biologist, Kersten Hall finally hung up his white coat and swapped the laboratory for the library to write about an unsung scientific pioneer whose role in one of the biggest discoveries of the 20th century - the structure of DNA, the molecule of heredity - has gone largely unnoticed.  His book The Man in the Monkeynut Coat (Oxford University Press, 2014)  tells the story of William Astbury, who pioneered the use of X-ray methods to study the giant biological molecules such as proteins and DNA from which living organisms are made. The book was shortlisted for the 2015 British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) Dingle Prize ( chosen by Professor Stephen Curry of Imperial College, London as one of the 'Books of 2014' for 'The Guardian' newspaper ( Kersten is currently an Honorary Fellow in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science at the University of Leeds where, with the BSHS, he is currently researching a new book about the discovery of insulin. For more information, see



Judith Harvey (1965)

Judith Harvey graduated in Zoology in 1968 and went on to a DPhil in the Department of Zoology. After living in Papua New Guinea, Liverpool and London she returned to St Anne’s, thanks to Marianne Fillenz, to qualify as a doctor in 1985. As a junior doctor in obstetrics she was given study leave to write Cervical Cancer and How to Stop Worrying About it. During her years as a GP she was involved in medical politics and developing patient-friendly practices, and contributed to books and journals about aspects of general practice. She established a website which for 10 years enabled 200 medical students from 20 countries to pursue their elective periods in Cuba, a life-changing experience for some. She has continued to write and Perspectives, published earlier this year, is a collection of essays written over 10 years for the newsletter of the National Association of Sessional GPs or other journals. Seventy-four short articles explore ideas about doctors, patients, the senses, culture, medical practice, careers, ethics and politics, and the future. Though written for an audience of GPs, they should be of interest to anyone, professional or patient – and we are all sometimes patients.



Thomas W. Hodgkinson (Literae Humaniores, 1994)

Thomas W. Hodgkinson is a journalist and author. His first book, the exuberant horror novel Memoirs of a Stalker (Silvertail Books, 2016), is about a man who hides for months in his ex-girlfriend’s home, spying on her. His second, How to be Cool (Icon Books, 2016), is an account of how the concept of coolness arose in the 20th century via a survey of the coolest people and ideas of the century. The American satirist P.J. O’Rourke described it as “a cool book". Thomas also writes a film page for The Week magazine, book reviews for The Spectator and travel pieces for the Daily Mail. You can read more about his work and publications here

Devaki Jain (1959)

Devaki has published The Journey of a Southern Feminist (Sage and Yoda Press, 2018), a collection of her writings and lectures related to the women’s movement in India and elsewhere in the South. It is a journey over four decades and presents important interventions in the design of development policy both national and international. Devaki is the Founder and a former Director of the Institute of Social Studies Trust, New Delhi, India. She was previously a lecturer at the University of Delhi, a member of the South Commission, founding member of Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) and member of the Advisory Council of the intergovernmental NAM Institute for the Empowerment of Women in Kuala Lumpur. In 2006, she was presented by the President of India with the Padma Bhushan Award for exceptional and distinguished service.



Cherry James (Lucas, 1977)

Cherry read Literae Humaniores at St Anne’s before qualifying and working as a solicitor and then, when her two children were small, studying for an LLM at University College London.  She has subsequently taught law, first for the Open University and since 2006 at London South Bank University where she teaches English Legal System and EU law and looks after Erasmus students in the Law Division. She was awarded a PhD by Birkbeck, University of London in 2017 and her book ‘Citizenship, Nation-building and Identity in the EU: The Contribution of Erasmus Student Mobility’ which is based on her PhD thesis was published in January 2019.  In her spare time she enjoys cooking, running and music.



Elisabeth Jay (English Language and Literature, 1966)

Elisabeth Jay (neé Aldis), Professor Emerita at Oxford Brookes, and member of the Oxford English Faculty, has published widely on Victorian literature, specialising in women’s writing, and editing a number of Victorian texts. British Writers in Paris shines a light on the fascination and repulsion with which a host of authors viewed a neighbouring capital which offered a distinctively different urban experience from that of London. Elisabeth lives in Oxford, where her daughter and son survived their upbringing. She continues to write and lecture, and has recently become governor of a local school. For more information on Elisabeth’s work and specialisms, please click here.



Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang (1985)

Rhiannon is a British writer whose work focuses on historical fault lines and contains strong international themes. She read Oriental Studies at St Anne’s College, Oxford, and is a non-practising lawyer. She speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. The Last Vicereine (September 2017) is set in the spring of 1947 when Lord and Lady Mountbatten arrived in New Delhi. India was on the brink of civil war. The reluctant Vicereine was a rebel, a rule-breaker. She was a troubled soul, a great beauty, a firecracker. But there was more to Edwina than met the eye. The glamour was a façade; behind it was a highly intelligent woman of influence and power. Set amid the turmoil of Partition, The Last Vicereine is a heartbreaking story of the birth of two nations, of love, grief, tragedy, inhumanity and the triumph of hope.



Rachel Larkinson (Classics, 1964)

Rachel Larkinson (née Newton) grew up in Lincolnshire and studied Classics at St Anne’s from 1964 to 1968. She trained and worked as a teacher in England and Sierra Leone, before becoming a minister in the Methodist Church. The book, College, Chapel and Culture in Edwardian Manchester, is based on a diary kept by her grandfather in 1902 during his first  term at college in Manchester, training for the Methodist ministry. Aspects of college life, the city environment and the cultural experience, seen through the eyes of one who grew up in Norfolk, are explored. The book is available from 



Annabel Leventon (English, 1961)

Annabel Leventon is an actress, singer, and writer. She first won a scholarship to St Anne's and paid her way through her studies by singing with a dance band. Nominated as ‘Actress of the Year’ for her lead role in the original London production of rock musical Hair! she went on to form, with fellow actresses Gaye Brown and Diane Langton, the first and only three-girl rock group in England, Rock Bottom… The rest is showbiz history. Since then she has played many times in the West End, including Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (with Peter O’Toole), The Dresser, (directed by Sir Peter Hall) and Noel and Gertie. She has also had many TV and film roles such as M Butterfly (directed by David Cronenburg) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Real Rock Follies: The Great Girl-band Rip-off of 1976 is the true story of how an unknown girl band created a rock juggernaut and had it snatched away. They battled for justice against the big boys, stood up against betrayal, theft, and treachery and lived to tell the tale - just.



Juliet McMaster (Fazan 1956)

Juliet Fazan McMaster has recently published an adventure novel for young adults, Blades Against the Dark, which draws on her childhood in Kenya and her experience as a competitive fencer (Friesen Press, 2017). Best known as an Austen scholar and founder of the Juvenilia Press, Juliet's last book was Jane Austen, Young Author (Routledge, 2015).  She will be giving a plenary address at the Jane Austen Society of North America next year in Cleveland, Ohio. There is a lot of fencing in Blades Against the Dark. Juliet started fencing in High School in Kenya. And when  she was at St Anne's she fenced for Oxford against Cambridge, and so gained a half-blue. (Not that anyone cared much about women's sports in those days, but she did!)  Fencing has remained a long-term interest, and she has also fenced for Canada, and most recently at the World Masters' in Livorno.



Dominic Lutyens (Modern Languages, 1981)

Living with Mid-Century Collectibles provides a detailed history of mid-century modern design. It analyses why this disparate and international yet recognisable style flourished from the 1930s to the early 1970s, and explores its key characteristics. It includes a practical section on where to buy it, and suggests tips for collectors. 

In addition, Dominic has co-authored the books 70s Style & Design and Celia Birtwell, a book about textile designer Birtwell’s life and work. He is a freelance arts and design journalist, who writes for the Guardian, Financial Times and Elle Decoration, among other titles. Dominic has also lectured on design and fashion at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Central St Martins and London College of Fashion. Find out more about his work on his website.



Kaori O'Connor (Social Anthropology, 1968)

Kaori O’Connor, winner of the prestigious international Sophie Coe Prize for Food History 2009, has written Seaweed: A Global History. The first general, popular culinary history of seaweed to be published, it explores historical global uses of seaweed as the food source fast becomes fashionable. Kaori debunks social associations of seaweed, and offers an insight into the cultural history, culinary or otherwise. Kaori is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, University College London. Her other publications include The English Breakfast: A Biography (2013)Pineapple: An Edible History (2013), and The Never-Ending Feast: The Anthropology and Archaeology of Feasting (2015). She has appeared on The Great British Bake Off, Hairy Bikers, and Woman’s Hour. You can read more about Kaori here



Janina Ramirez (Maleczek), 1998

Janina Ramirez is a cultural historian, broadcaster and author based at the University of Oxford with a passion for communicating ideas about the past. Her research began with a degree in English literature at Oxford, followed by an MA and PhD at the Centre for Medieval Studies in York on the art, literature and culture of Anglo-Saxon England. Her interests have constantly branched outwards in all directions as I have taught more broadly on everything from classical architecture to the work of Tracey Emin. Broadcasting has allowed Janina to see narrative threads stretching across time and disciplines, and to find shared human concerns, themes, problems and innovations throughout time.

Book One, Riddle of the Runes: A Viking Mystery,  is set in the fictional Viking village of 'Kilsgard' and follows Alva, a fearless young detective and shield maiden as she unravels a series of thrilling mysteries with her Uncle Magnus. It is aimed at readers aged 9 and above.



Jancis Robinson (Mathematics and Philosophy, 1968)

Jancis Robinson is widely known by the epithet "the most respected wine critic in the world". The 24-Hour Wine Expert is designed for beginners, and aims to provide everything you need to know about wine in 100 pages. This shortcut to expertise is a guide for those who like wine but don't know much about it, and includes information on food pairing, costs, and even indications about what your wine choice says about you. Other recent books from Jancis include The Oxford Companion to Wine 4th Edition, World Atlas of Wine 7th Edition, Wine Grapes and American Wine. Jancis's online Mastering wine course for beginners is available via, where you can read more about Jancis’s work and publications.



Marilyn Palmer (Modern History, 1962)

Marilyn Palmer, Britain’s first Professor of Industrial Archaeology, has co-authored Technology in the Country House. Urban 19th century technical inventions in houses such as boilers, flushing water closets, and pipes for central heating, were often not found in their rural counterparts. Marilyn explores the motivations for country house-dwellers to adapt to these inventions, and the impact on buildings and occupants. Marilyn was a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow in the Country House Technology Project, University of Leicester, undertook an All Souls Visiting Fellowship in 2006, and holds a 2015 MBE for services to industrial archaeology and heritage. You can read more about Marilyn’s work here and more about her publications here



Sally Percy (Modern History, 1994)

Sally is a Modern History graduate, and now a Business and Finance journalist, editor and commentator. In her book Reach the Top in Finance, Sally navigates the rungs and mazes of a career in finance to give individuals support on reaching the top in what is still a highly competitive industry. Skills sets are carefully outlined, and merits beyond numerical literacy explored, while interviews with CFOs, leaders at accountancy firms, recruiters and head-hunters provide an insight into how to become a respected CFO or senior partner.




Joan Shenton, 1961

In 1981 Shenton founded Meditel Productions, an independent production company specialising in science and medical controversies and has produced over 150 programmes for network television. Meditel has won seven television awards and was the first independent company ever to win a Royal Television Society Award (RSM International Current Affairs Journalism Award, Dispatches - Aids the Unheard Voices - Channel 4, 1988).  The research from these programmes led to Shenton’s book Positively False – Exposing the myths around HIV and AIDS (I.B.Tauris 1998). In 2015 the book was republished as a paperback and e-book in a 16th anniversary edition with 20 updates from scientists and writers. Find out more at



Sue Smart (Modern History, 1970)

Formerly a teacher of history and classical civilisation at Gresham’s School, Sue looks back on the school members who went to fight during the First World War in When Heroes Die (Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd, 2001) . Described as ‘beautiful’ and ‘thought-provoking’, the book captures the lasting impact of the war on the school, and especially on the Headmaster, George Howson.



Pauline Stainer (Rogers 1963)

Pauline is a poet ‘working at the margins of the sacred’ conveying sensations ‘with an economy of means that is breathtaking … her poems are not mere artefacts, they have an organic life of their own’ (John Burnside). As in all her books, the luminous poems of her ninth collection Sleeping under the Juniper Tree (Bloodaxe, 2017) are minimal but highly charged, with the presences and hauntings, sensing the spirit incarnate in every part of the living world. Pauline has published eight other books with Bloodaxe, including The Lady and the Hare: New and Selected Poems (2003), Crossing the Snowline (2008) and Tiger Facing the Most (2013).



Jane Thynne (1980)

Faith and Beauty (Simon and Schuster, 2015) is set in Berlin in 1939, the fourth story in the series featuring the Anglo-German actress Clara Vine. As soldiers muster on the streets, spies circle in the shadows and Lotti Franke, a young woman from the Faith and Beauty Society – the elite finishing school for Nazi girls – is found in a shallow grave. 

Clara Vine has been offered the most ambitious part she has ever played. And in her more secret life, British Intelligence has recalled her to London to probe reports that the Nazis and the Soviet Union are planning to make a pact. Then Clara hears of Lotti's death and is determined to discover what happened to her. But what she uncovers is something of infinite value to the Nazi regime – the object that led to Lotti's murder – and she herself is in danger. 
The first in the Clara Vine series, Black Roses, became a number One Kindle Bestseller. In the UK the series is published by Simon & Schuster; in the US and Canada the series is published by Random House. The novels have been translated into French, German, Greek, Turkish and Italian. As well as writing books, Jane now freelances as a journalist, writing for British magazines and newspapers, and also appears as a broadcaster on Sky News and Radio 4. She has been a guest reader at the Arvon Foundation and has sat on the broadcasting committee of the Society of Authors. Jane has three children and lives in London.



Sarah Turvey (1973)

Sarah Turvey read English Literature for her BA and MPhil (1973 – 1979) and taught for 30 years at the University of Roehampton. In 1999 she and her colleague Jenny Hartley created Prison Reading Groups (PRG) to set up, fund and facilitate reading groups in prisons. PRG now supports over 40 groups in more than 30 prisons nationwide, run by volunteers with help from the prison librarian. The groups are voluntary and informal with the emphasis on critical sociability and the pleasures of reading and book talk. Becoming a reader is about choice and where possible members decide themselves what they will read. The result is an ambitious and eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction, classics and current books with a buzz. For prisoners it’s a chance to feel connected: with each other, the outside world and themselves. As one member put it: ‘It’s the most grownup discussion I have in prison’.



Jenny Uglow (Crowther 1966)

Jenny Uglow’s most recent book, Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense (2017) was shortlisted for Waterstone’s Book of the Year and won the Harvey Darnton Prize and the Hawthornden Prize for 2018. Her other books include biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell, William Hogarth, Thomas Bewick and Sarah Losh, Victorian architect and visionary, as well as the award-winning group study, The Lunar Men: The Friends who Made the Future and the panoramic In These Times: Living in Britain through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793-1815. Jenny was created an OBE in 2008 and was Chair of the Royal Society of Literature 2014-2016. Married to Steve Uglow, Emeritus Professor of Criminal law at the University of Kent, she lives in Canterbury and Borrowdale, and has four grown up children and seven grandchildren.



Frances Ware known as Marion Leigh (1968) 

Marion Leigh was born in Birmingham, England. After receiving her MA in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford, she worked for a year as a volunteer in Indonesia before moving to Canada where she enjoyed a successful career as a financial and legal translator. Marion divides her time between Europe and North America. She loves boating and living close to the water. In addition to the Petra Minx novels, she has published two e-books: a collection of risqué poetry entitled To Love Sex and Cunning Linguistics, and Rosie Aims High, a children’s story about a racoon. The Politician’s Daughter is the first book in Marion Leigh’s series of adventure thrillers featuring Marine Unit Sergeant Petra Minx of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The second novel in the series, Dead Man’s Legacy, was published in 2015. The third, A Holiday to Die For, has just been published.



Ellen Wiles (Music, 2000)

Ellen is a novelist, whose debut, The Invisible Crowd (Harper Collins, 2017) delves behind the immigration headlines to explore an asylum seeker's experience in the UK, inspired by a case she worked on as a barrister and voluntary work with refugees. Her first book, Saffron Shadows and Salvaged Scripts: Literary Life in Myanmar Under Censorship and in Transition (Columbia University Press, 2015) combines new translations of Burmese literature and interviews with the writers. Since being awarded the Gibbs Prize for Music at Oxford, Ellen has gained two Masters degrees: the first in Human Rights Law from UCL and the second in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, which she studied for alongside her work as a barrister. Having left the law to focus on writing, Ellen is currently doing a literary anthropology PhD researching live literature alongside her fiction writing, and directs an experimental live literature project called Ark involving collaborations with music and other art forms. She still plays the flute, though mostly these days to entertain her two toddlers.



Jude Woodward (Modern History, 1972)

After Oxford Jude worked in journalism, then in various roles in the field of politics, including as an advisor the Mayor of London from 2000-08. In this capacity she was responsible for the London offices in Beijing and Shanghai. After 2008 she regularly lectured in the business school at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and at other Chinese institutions. Her book, The US vs China: Asia’s new Cold War, grew out of her study of Chinese politics and foreign policy in this period. China’s rise is already tearing up the established contours of post-1945 international relations. The global changes underway are throwing up fundamental questions: Can US hegemony prevail? Are the US and China caught in a contemporary ‘Thucydides trap’ that will inevitably lead to war? Does China's rise threaten the stability of Asia? In this accessible yet rigorous book, Jude challenges conventional preconceptions about the implications of China's rise and suggests that with US global influence declining, China offers hope for the future.