Agent: Rowan Lawton
Claire Gradidge was born and brought up in Romsey. After a career as, among other things, a nurse and a school librarian, she went to the University of Winchester to study Creative Writing. Graduating with a first class honours BA in 2009, she continued at the university, gaining a PhD in January 2018. As an Associate Lecturer, she has taught Creative Writing at Winchester for six years, as well as leading a local Adult Education writing class. She has had some short fictions and poetry published in South, Orbis and Vortex.
Her novel, The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox, a crime fiction set in Romsey in World War II, was written as the creative element of her PhD studies and was selected as the winner of the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition in January 2019.
Married for 40 years, she has two adult sons, a crazy collie called Rosie and an adorable grandson.