Kathryn Hughes was born in Altrincham, Cheshire in 1964. After working as a secretary for a number of years and bringing up two children, she finally realised her dream of writing a book. Her debut novel, The Letter was first published in 2013 and has since been translated into 22 languages. Her second novel, The Secret was published in 2016 and is a must for anyone old enough to remember the long, hot summer of '76. Her third book, The Key will be published by Headline early 2018.