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Christina Hollis spent her childhood being shuttled back and forth across Bristol between her two sets of grandparents, who lived on opposite sides of the city.

She started her working life in an office overlooking Temple Gate, before moving to one that looked down on the Bear Pit, Stoke’s Croft. After a spell in Rolls-Royce’s Technical Library, Filton, she became a full-time writer.

Christina now lives in the Forest of Dean with her husband and two children. Her non-fiction articles have appeared in many national magazines, from The Lady to the Royal Horticultural Society’s periodical The Garden. Christina has also written more than twenty novels, which have been translated into nearly two dozen languages.