Emily Critchley was born in Essex in 1986. She has a first class BA in creative writing from London Metropolitan University and an MA with distinction in creative writing from Birkbeck University of London. Notes on My Family, Emily’s debut novel, was long-listed for the Branford Boase award, shortlisted for the Bristol Teen Book Award, nominated for the Carnegie medal and featured as The Sunday Times children’s book of the week. Emily has lived in Essex, Brighton and North London. Before becoming an author she worked in interior design, and as a bookseller in Bloomsbury and Hampstead. She currently lives in Hertfordshire in a spooky Victorian house with her boyfriend and lots of books. She enjoys long walks along the canal in her wellies, curling up with a good book, and bouncing on her mini trampoline. She has always enjoyed trampolines (see below).