To her friends, Amber leads the perfect life with her successful marriage, powerful job as a headhunter in London and her immaculate style. But as more of her inner circle fall pregnant, and her best friend Dylan decides to adopt a baby with his gay lover, Amber's carefully structured world begins to fall apart. Amber has built her life around her decision not to have children, but now she questions the underlying reasons for the choices she has made. As she succumbs to her overpowering insecurities, the parallels between her rash emotions and those of her mother, years before, soon reveal themselves... With a charming and complex heroine and a group of friends heading towards midlife, many of whom are only just finding out who they really are, 'Something I'm Not' introduces a sophisticated new voice for a generation of women who have made the decision not to have children, and who aren't afraid to talk about it.
Hello, and a very warm welcome to my Author page. I'm a novelist, psychotherapist and broadcaster. I'm also the Agony Aunt for the women's glossy Psychologies and I appear each week on television and radio commenting on topical stories with a psychological edge.
My work as a psychotherapist informs my writing, and I love the way my work allows me to witness people working towards a more fulfilling life. Happy Relationships is partly inspired by the many stories I've heard over the years - at parties, on the bus, at the magazine and in my consulting room - as people grapple with the various relationships in their lives. The aim of the book is to help you fix any tricky relationships - even the one with yourself.
In the world of fiction, my first novel Something I'm Not explored what happens when we suspect we've made the wrong choices in life, and many of my published short stories hinge upon a moment of personal insight for the main character. I review fiction for Sunday Telegraph, The Spectator, Literary Review and New Statesman and I'm currently working on my second novel, set in a psychiatric clinic in New Delhi.
On a more practical level, I find I cannot function without lip-gloss...