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

It's my birthday! If you feel like helping me celebrate, then please feel free to drink a gin and get a copy of The Glass Woman for your nearest and dearest.

"As with Donald Trump, for Johnson there seems to be no political price to pay for deceit and falsehood."

It’s not just Boris Johnson’s lying. It’s that the media let him get away with it | Peter Oborne

A week has passed since the murder of Anastasia Yeshchenko, a fellow female historian of the 18th & 19th centuries. Not surprisingly, there is virtually no coverage in the English language press about who she was but a lot about her murderer. I'd like redress this imbalance here.

It's wonderful to be part of such a generous writing community and you should also *definitely* all read the brilliant and beautiful #FrannieLangton by @mrsjaneymac, which has been celebrated by everyone, including Margaret Atwood & Oprah. It's an incredible book.

Huge thanks to my *brilliant* editor Jillian Taylor and the whole team at @MichaelJBooks. And not just for the @Fortnums champagne, but for the love, the cheerleading & the wonderful, insightful, *ferocious* editing! Just what I need to help me hone the next book!