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About Wendy

Over a career spanning a quarter of a century, number one bestseller Wendy Holden has scored ten consecutive Sunday Times top tens and sold several million books. Me with Hilary MantelHaving made her name as a writer of comedies, she recently became a historical novelist. The critically-acclaimed Windsor Trilogy began with the top-ten bestselling The Governess and was followed by The Duchess and The Princess. Wendy is currently working on The Queen’s Painter, about painter Hans Holbein and his patron Anne Boleyn.

Born in Yorkshire, Wendy read English Literature at Girton College, Cambridge. She was a journalist before becoming a novelist, working on Tatler, The Sunday Telegraph and The Mail on Sunday, among others. It was while she was deputy editor of the Sunday Times Style section, ghost-writing a weekly column for socialite Wendy Holden with Jilly CooperTara Palmer-Tomkinson, that she hit on the idea for her first novel, Simply Divine, a comedy about a lowly hack who impersonates a celebrity.

Wendy regularly reviews popular fiction for the Daily Mail, has sat on several literary judging panels and is an Hon Doctor of Letters courtesy of the University of Derby. She lives in the Peak District.