Anna Bailey was born in Bristol in 1995 and spent her childhood in Gloucestershire. She studied Creative Writing at Bath Spa university and wanted to become a journalist, but ended up moving to Colorado and becoming a Starbucks barista instead. In 2018 she returned to the UK, where she enrolled in the Curtis Brown Creative Novel-writing course and wrote her first novel inspired by her experience of living in small-town America.
Anna Bailey recommends
The Therapist (2021)
"Masterfully paced and hauntingly written, The Therapist creeps up on you and leaves you looking over your shoulder long after you've turned the last page."
The Origins of Iris (2021)
"This novel is like a dream, from the haunting narrative to the beautiful prose to the way Iris and her wilderness kept making their way into my subconscious at night. It is everything I could want from a book."
The Second Woman (2021)
"A brutal and brilliant portrayal of psychological violence and female strength. In a genre that thrives on the mistreatment of women, Mey shows us the other side of the coin."
Shooting Martha (2021)
"A riotously good novel, witty and earnest, brimming with sharply drawn characters and creeping suspense. David Thewlis is a fabulous writer."
She and I (2022)
"A taut and unrelenting mystery, expertly woven with the bruising drama of girlhood."
Out There (2022)
"Kate Folk is a refreshing new voice, utterly original and deliciously twisted."
Those Who Return (2022)
"Fresh and atmospheric, a mystery as haunting as its lonesome Great Plains backdrop."
Keep Them Close (2022)
"Expertly paced and totally compelling...a bruising exploration of motherhood and family secrets."
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