Born in London, Mary Chamberlain studied Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh and the London School of Economics. Since 1995 she has worked with oral history and life story methods and has published widely on women's and Caribbean history. She is Emeritus Professor of Caribbean History at Oxford Brookes University, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Trustee of the National Life Story Collection in the National Sound Archive of the British Library.
Mary Chamberlain recommends
Mussolini's Island (2017)
"Stunning... a wonderful haunting evocation of this forgotten and neglected story of war."
The Story Keeper (2018)
"A beautifully written, and spellbinding story which took us back to the 19th century Isle of Skye, capturing the atmosphere, mystery - and menace - of an impoverished and divided island community, riddled with superstition and driven by fear. The raw measures taken to survive, and the beliefs held to make sense of a brutal and unforgiving landscape were woven magically into this extraordinary thriller."
The Rabbit Girls (2019)
"An extraordinary and poignant novel that had me both gripped and moved to the very end."
Three Apples Fell from the Sky (2020)
"I loved this! A tender and quirky tale of stoicism, resilience and love. Set in a remote Russian village, it is the ultimate feel-good story of an unlikely romance and the warmth of a community, drawn with humour, empathy and an earthy, magical charm."
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