is the author of three books, all published in the UK and US. Her first biography, Lilla's Feast (2004), has been translated into six languages and is a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book. Her second biography, The Bolter (2008), was shortlisted for Best Read in Britain and was a Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller and one of The San Francisco Chronicle's Best Books of the Year. Her first novel, Park Lane, was short listed for the Historical Crime Writers' Assocation/Goldsboro' Books First Novel Award.

Frances has written for a wide variety of leading newspapers, news-sites and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. She has appeared on a number of television and radio shows - for UK Woman's Hour to Charlie Rose in the US. She speaks at literary festivals and institutions on topics inspired by the extraordinary women in her books, ranging from sex and scandal in the Edwardian era to issues facing women today.

Frances worked as a barrister, investment research analyst and journalist before becoming a full-time author. She was a Man Booker Prize judge in 2015 and is currently writing the story of the Victorian traveller and best-selling author Annie Brassey as well as a television screenplay of The Bolter commissioned by New Regency.


Reading Guides are now available for Park Lane and The Bolter - see here