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Rising Writers

Alex Hourston

After fifteen years writing strategy for advertising agencies, Alex Hourston took a break to go back to university and her first love, books. She completed a Masters in English and started a PhD, but put it aside when the idea for this novel surfaced.

Alex lives outside Brighton with her family. She is working on her second novel, an exploration of infidelity and emotional inheritance.

In My House

Alex Hourston



Malcolm Judge

Malcolm Judge has always dreamed of being a writer, but along the way he’s tried his hand at many different jobs: newspaper boy, waiter, caddy, pot washer, conservation officer, carer, tree surgeon before finally settling on teaching.

Malcolm is now a drama teacher and fits his writing around his day job. In a quest for world fame, Malcolm competed in The World Coal Carrying Championships. He did not win, but he did go on to beat the winner (his former PE teacher) in a training race, which almost counts as world fame. He lives in Cumbria with his wife and three sons.

Tasha Kavanagh

Tasha Kavanagh worked in film editing for ten years, on features including Twelve Monkeys, Seven Years in Tibet and The Talented Mr Ripley. She has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA. She has published several children's books under her maiden name, Tasha Pym.

Tasha lives in Hertfordshire with her family. Things We Have in Common is her first novel.

Things We Have in Common

Tasha Kavanagh



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Annabel Kantaria

Born in 1971, Annabel Kantaria is a British journalist who’s written prolifically for publications throughout the Middle East. She’s been the Telegraph’s weekly 'Expat' blogger since 2010 and has a monthly column in the UAE edition of Stylist magazine.

In 2013, she won the inaugural Montegrappa First Fiction Competition at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. She lives in Dubai with her husband and two children, though returns regularly to the UK, and is currently working on her next novel.