Essie Fox was born and grew up in rural Herefordshire, on the borders between England and Wales. This dark and mysterious countryside, along with its history and folklore, inspires much of her writing. After studying English Literature at Sheffield University - where she fell in love with the Victorian literature that would go on to inspire her writing - Essie worked for the Telegraph Sunday Magazine. She moved on to a job in book publishing, before changing her career path to work as an illustrator under the name of Sarah Bengry. Always an avid reader, Essie has now written four novels, all published by Orion Books. Her debut, The Somnambulist, one of three Victorian gothic mysteries, was shortlisted for the 2012 National Book Awards, and featured on Channel 4’s TV Book Club. Her latest book The Last Days of Leda Grey, set in the world of early silent film, was selected as The Times Historical Book of the Month. Essie has been a guest on many UK radio stations, has lectured at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and at the National Gallery in London. Visit Essie's website at www.essiefox.com Essie also writes the popular blog The Virtual Victorian. www.virtualvictorian.blogspot.comRead more Read less
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