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Gillian Stern


When she is being herself, Gillian Stern is an editor of literary fiction, a book doctor, a violinist and an outdoor swimmer.

Before the birth of her third child, seventeen years ago, Gillian was a Commissioning Editor at Sage Publications specialising in Criminology. During her maternity leave she volunteered to read the slush pile at a literary agency and – astonishingly – found a novel that went on to win the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Richard & Judy Summer Read of Summer Reads. The rest is fiction.


When she is being other people, Gillian is a ghostwriter and has variously been Royalty, a former World Number One tennis player, a Kenyan elephant keeper, an SAS soldier and a small child growing up in a Derbyshire mining village during the Second World War. Her books have all received glowing reviews; one has been serialised in the Sunday Times and Telegraph, one was a Waterstone’s Book Club choice (and a film is being made of it next year) and another has been translated around the world.