Penny Hancock was born and grew up in South East London. She is an author, teacher and journalist. Her new novel I Thought I Knew You, (the story of the impact on two families after a shocking rape allegation) is published by Mantle and comes out in spring 2019.
Her previous novels Tideline, The Darkening Hour and A Trick of the Mind are all published by Simon and Schuster UK.
Tideline (about a woman who keeps a young boy captive in her riverside home) was chosen as a Richard and Judy Summer read 2012 and was featured on Simon Mayo’s drive time book club on Radio 2.
Penny started her writing career at the age of 8 filling up exercise books with stories about the characters in a playground game she played with friends, thanks to an inspiring class teacher. She travelled in Italy Greece and Morocco teaching English then trained as a Primary School Teacher. She has also taught refugees and asylum seekers. Before moving on to novels Penny wrote English Language Readers ( Just Good Friends, A Love for Life, Love in the Lakes and Within High Fences) for learners of English, published by Cambridge University Press.
Penny is passionate about encouraging other aspiring writers and runs her own creative writing course. The mother of two grown up daughters and a son, she currently lives in a village outside Cambridge but remains a Londoner at heart.