Katie Hickman is the author of eight books, including two bestselling works of non-fiction, Daughters of Britannia – in the Sunday Times bestseller lists for 10 months and a 20-part series for BBC Radio 4 – and Courtesans. She has also written a trilogy of historical novels – The Aviary Gate, The Pindar Diamond and The House at Bishopgate – which have been translated into 20 languages. Her other books include two highly acclaimed travel books, including Travels with a Mexican Circus, which was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. Her first novel, The Questzal Summer was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Born into a diplomatic family, she had a peripatetic childhood, growing up in Spain, Ireland, Singapore and South America; she has two children and lives in London.