Jaq Hazell's novel My Life as a Bench won the Rubery Book Award Book of the Year 2017 and the Carousel Aware Prize Best Young Adult Book 2017. Her debut novel, I Came to Find a Girl, was included in The Telegraph's Best Crime Fiction of 2015, and was shortlisted for the Virginia Prize for Fiction.
Born near Portsmouth, on the south coast of England, to an Irish mother and an English father, she studied textile design at Nottingham Trent University and has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. She has worked as a journalist and magazine editor. She lives in London.