About me

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I am an award-winning* editor and writer with considerable experience in consumer magazine publishing. In the past I edited Coast magazine for six years, was interim editor of the National Trust Magazine, deputy editor of The Sunday Times insideout magazine, and editor of Grand Designs Magazine.
Currently I am associate editor of The Simple Things, commissioning and writing about homes, gardens and general lifestyle topics. I combine this with writing about British travel, interiors and crafts for a variety of publications including The Guardian, Homes & Antiques,  Condé Nast Traveller, Country Homes and Interiors, and Enterprise Magazine, and writing a twice monthly blog for interiordesigners.net.

I have also written the National Trust’s book of the Coast  (the second edition will be published in March 2018), the National Trust’s guidebook to Brownsea Island, the NT’s guidebook to the Gower Peninsula, and the NT’s guidebook to Cornwall’s Tin Coast (to be published July 2018). Most recently I wrote ‘Hidden Villages of Britain’ for Batsford publishers, which was published in September 2017. Details of all these books are on my Amazon author page.

I am represented by Jane Graham Maw  (jane@grahammawchristie.com) of literary agents Graham Maw Christie, who deals with my non-fiction books. Recently, she placed my next book with Piatkus, and it will be published in Spring 2019.

The rest of my time is spent pottering about in the garden and writing a novel about the search for a missing hairdresser in post-punk Manchester in the 1980s.

* Coast won the PPA Award for Specialist Consumer Magazine of the Year under my editorship in 2009, and I was shortlisted for four British Society of Magazine Editor awards. And shortlisted for the Visit England travel writer of the year award.


April 2014 – present: associate editor, The Simple Things. Freelance writer and editor for a variety of publications. Author of books about the coast, the curious and the cosy.

March- December 2013: editor, www.averygoodplace.com

August-November 2013: acting deputy editor, Homes & Antiques

June-July 2013: editor, Prima’s Easy Food for Summer Days

September 2012-March 2013: interim editor, National Trust Magazine

May 2007 -August 2012: editor, Coast

2006-2007: deputy editor, The Sunday Times insideout magazine

2003-2006: deputy editor, then editor Grand Designs Magazine

2000-2003: production and copy chief, In Style

1995-2000: chief sub-editor, Esquire

1993-1995: sub-editor, ES magazine

1998-1993: sub-editor, then chief sub-editor, Tatler  

1990-1993: editor, HarperCollins children’s books