Lynne Barrett-Lee

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Lynne Barrett-Lee was born in London and became a full time writer shortly after moving to Cardiff in 1994. She is the author of eight novels, including her acclaimed debut, Julia Gets a Life, and Barefoot in the Dark, which was shortlisted for the 2007 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. Her novels have been translated into several languages and she has also contributed two titles (one ghostwritten for GMTV’s Fiona Phillips) to the UK’s Quick Reads Campaign, which provides easy-to-read books for adult emergent readers.

Lynne’s ghostwriting career began in 2007, when she was approached by a former patient of her Oncologist husband, to ask if she would help her write the story of her amazing life. The result was the 2009 title Never Say Die. Since then Lynne has collaborated on a wide range of titles in several different genres. As well as penning standalone memoirs as diverse as the antics of the world’s biggest dog, Giant George, and the global bestseller, The Girl With No Name, she also ghosts a memoir series for a major UK publisher, the first ten titles of which have all been Sunday Times bestsellers.

When not busy ghostwriting, which takes up almost all of her time now, Lynne teaches creative writing for Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning once a week, and is a regular guest broadcaster on BBC Radio Wales. She also writes a weekly column for the Western Mail Newspaper’s Saturday Magazine, which (to her enduring joy) absolves her of the need to write a blog.

Lynne's most recent - and most random - book project to date is a novel based on an intriguing bit of past-war naval history. Called Able Seacat Simon (Simon and Schuster) it is published in January 2016 and, as the name suggests, is told entirely from the viewpoint of a small seafaring cat - the only feline to have ever received the Dickin Medal.