Gilly Macmillan grew up in Wiltshire, and was pleasantly surprised when her family moved to California when she was a teenager. She studied History of Art at Bristol University before doing an MA in Modern British Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her career path has included working at the Burlington Magazine, the Hayward Gallery and teaching photography at a sixth-form college in Swindon. Her favourite job was working in a café opposite Keplers bookshop in Menlo Park, CA. She currently lives in Bristol with her husband Julian and their three children.
Gilly MacMillan recommends
The Marsh King's Daughter (2017)
"I was absolutely gripped. What a fresh novel, and so expertly plotted and wonderfully well written. I loved the narrative voice, and thought the balance of beautifully drawn and compelling character study and heart-pounding action was absolutely superb. A real tour-de-force."
The Blackbird Season (2017)
"The Blackbird Season pulls off a very difficult thing: it's nail-biting and thought-provoking all at once. It's a rare that a book can make you turn pages like your life depends on it, but also give you food for thought because the characters are so perfectly drawn. A stunning achievement from an extremely talented writer."
The Wife Between Us (2018)
Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
"The Wife Between Us delivers a whipsmart, twisty plot in a taut, pacy narrative. It's terrific and troubling. This is one scary love triangle where you won't know who to trust. I loved it."
A Place to Lie (2018)
"I loved the contrasting settings, the vivid depictions of the Welsh community and landscape, the backdrop of isolation and fear that permeates every page, and the gnawing sense of uncertainty Rebecca succeeds in making you feel about just about everything and everybody you encounter in the book. Beautifully written, it's a truly chilling and impressive debut."
This Is How I Lied (2020)
"Heather Gudenkauf[is] the master of the smart, suspenseful small-town thriller."
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