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Lynne Barrett-Lee

Lynne Barrett-Lee was born in London and became a full time writer shortly after moving to Cardiff in 1994. She is the author of seven novels, including her acclaimed debut, Julia Gets a Life, in 2000, and more recently, Barefoot in the Dark (Accent 2006) which was shortlisted for the 2007 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. Her novels have been translated into several languages and she has also contributed two titles (one ghostwritten for GMTV’s Fiona Phillips) to the UK’s Quick Reads Campaign, which provides easy-to-read books for adult emergent readers.

Lynne’s ghostwriting career began in 2007, when she was approached by Melanie Davies, a former patient of her Oncologist husband, to ask if she would help her write the story of her amazing life. The result was the 2009 title Never Say Die. Since then, Lynne has collaborated on a wide range of titles. As well as penning standalone memoirs as diverse as the antics of the world’s biggest dog, Giant George, and the incredible story of a girl raised by monkeys, she also currently ghosts a series for a major UK publisher, the first two titles of which are both Sunday Times bestsellers.

When not busy writing, or teaching creative writing for Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, Lynne is a regular guest broadcaster on BBC Radio Wales and writes a weekly column for the Western Mail Newspaper’s Saturday Magazine. Her professional life, she feels, has now come full circle, as she’s trying to  write her next novel in her spare time….


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