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Caroline Murphy

  • TLC Free Reads Scheme, 2018
Caroline Murphy

Caroline Murphy was born and brought up in Washington, Tyne and Wear. After studying English and French at the University of Warwick. She joined the Civil Service and headed to the Big Smoke. But she quit London for Hong Kong and found her niche as assistant editor of a home-interiors magazine. During a four-year stint back in London, she worked as a design magazine editor, freelance interiors journalist, and was commissioned to write a book about bathrooms, before returning to Asia – this time, for thirteen hot and humid years.

Inspired by her own children, she began writing books three years ago, and polished her craft in a critique group of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Her third manuscript, The Truth About Chickens, was shortlisted for the Joan Aitken Future Classics Prize in 2017, her fourth, Totality, was awarded a TLC Free Read by the Northern Writers’ Awards, and her fifth work-in-progress, Joe and the Dark Unicorn, was shortlisted for the 2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival Funny Fiction Prize. (Don’t ask about the first two ‘practice’ manuscripts.) She also writes flash fiction, and will be published in the Bath Flash Fiction Anthology in late 2018. She has recently accepted representation from literary agent, Lauren Gardner of Bell Lomax Moreton.

In 2017, Caroline and her husband returned to the North East with their four unruly sons in tow. She now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne and spends her free time writing and pretending to be interested in football, Roblox and puerile humour. Her one regret is that she ever complained about Hong Kong being too hot.

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