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Shelley’s first novel, Jubilee (W&N), was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize. It was a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime and a Richard and Judy selection. Her second, Vigilante (W&N), about a feminist wannabe superhero, was described by The Times as ‘entertainment wrapped round a tense thriller’. She is working on her third novel.
Shelley is a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Reading and has tutored for the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, the Arvon Foundation and the York and Winchester Festivals of Writing. She has mentored for Writers’ Centre Norwich and the Womentoring Project and been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
In her spare time, Shelley seeks out salted caramel in all its forms and walks her unfeasibly cute dog, Frodo.