Phyllida Scrivens lives with husband Victor in Thorpe St Andrew, just outside the city of Norwich, overlooking the picturesque River Yare. In 2016 she achieved a life-long ambition when her first biography Escaping Hitler, was published by Pen and Sword Books, followed by Skyhorse Publications of New York in 2017. Her second book, a group biography entitled The Lady Lord Mayors of Norwich 1923-2017, won the Best Biography Prize at the East Anglian Book Awards in November 2018. The Thorpe Great Railway Disaster of 1874 took place less than half a mile from Phyllida’s home and has fascinated her for many years, directly leading to her third non-fiction title.
Phyllida studied for an MA in Creative Non-Fiction with Biography from the University of East Anglia, graduating in 2014.