Emma Hornby was born in Bolton, England, in 1983 on a tight-knit, working-class estate. She is mother to three fantastic children, slave to a demanding cat, and fiancée to Mark, an adult support worker whom she met when they were both sixteen.
History has always been Emma's passion and she grew up with her nose buried in sagas. Before pursuing a career as a novelist, she had a variety of jobs, from care assistant for the elderly to working in a Blackpool rock factory. She later wrote short stories and non-fiction pieces for the internet, print and stage and also worked as a freelance poet.
Emma's books are gritty historicals set in Victorian and WWII Bolton and Manchester, which she began writing after researching her family history. The colourful folk she unearthed gave her plenty of inspiration; like the characters in her novels, many generations of her family eked out life amidst the squalor and poverty of Lancashire's slums. Her first book, A Shilling for a Wife, was the bestselling debut saga novel of 2017. Her subsequent titles regularly appear in the official bestsellers' charts.
Her new saga, The Maid's Disgrace, is out February 2021. She is currently writing her seventh.
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