Caroline Lea

Caroline Lea


Caroline Lea was born and grew up in Jersey.  She gained a First in English Literature and Creative Writing from Warwick University and then realised that she would need to find a job in order to fund her writing.  She chose teaching, taught English and drama, and was Head of English at a Birmingham boys’ grammar school.

She now works from home, trying to find the time to write, in between meeting the demands of two, small autocratic boys.  While she has ditched her last four attempts at fiction, she has had poetry published in The Phoenix Anthology and An Aston Anthology, which she also co-edited.  She is currently working on her first novel, which is set in Jersey during World War Two, when the island was invaded and occupied by German forces.  The novel is very much a study of people under pressure and the choices we make when we seem to have no choice at all.  Through the voices of four very different individuals, it examines the ways in which the people and the island are forever changed by the foreign invasion.

WHEN THE SKY FELL APART was published by Text Publishing House in February 2016 and the paperback is due in Spring 2017.

Her next novel THE GLASS WOMAN was pre-empted by Michael Joseph and will be published in 2019.


Caroline Lea @CarolineleaLea

This night 23rd June ~ Jónsmessunott (Midsummer's night), in Iceland the night where cows are said to speak, seals to assume their human forms, & herbs to acquire particular potency. Rolling naked in the dew at midnight protects you from illness. Up there, the sun will not set.

These sound brilliant! Thanks for including #TheGlassWoman. 😊

I love that schools invite parents to attend events. But Jesus Christ, the guilt and horror and disappointment when you can't go.
I have multiple school events in the next 4 weeks, alongside a nose-bleed-inducing editing deadline.

Tell me your weird dreams.
Last night I dreamt I went to an exhibition by Quentin Blake of cross- sections of the Queen's body, similar to Gunther von Hagens. Her Maj was still alive & proudly showing off the picture where you could see her green hat and also her liver.

My 8yo son often refuses to eat his lunch. We've had many negotiations and 'discussions' (threats) & he absolutely promised to eat his chicken wrap today. Sadly, I didn't read the packet properly & have sent him to school with a chicken and scotch bonnet chilli wrap. 😱🌶️💥

SO thrilled with my new Twitter banner, ready for the US release of #TheGlassWoman on 3rd September with @harperbooks. So beautiful! So exciting! So everything!

Hugely excited to be involved in the brilliant @kenilwortharts festival in September, alongside some hugely talented writers @esmacneal @ThatKerryHudson @nikeshshukla & Rosie Price