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Emma Burstall

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© Anna McCarthy

Emma Burstall had seen it all in her local gym which provided inspiration for her debut novel GYM AND SLIMLINE.  A product of St Paul’s Girls’ School with an English degree from Cambridge University, Emma has written extensively for national newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Sunday Express, Red, Good Housekeeping and Woman. She gave up features editing to concentrate on writing her warm, wise and witty first novel about female friendship and families amidst the posing and perspiring! GYM AND SLIMLINE was published by Preface Publishing in 2008 to high praise – ‘I really loved this book. I couldn’t put it down … and felt quite bereft when I’d finished it’ (Fiona Phillips) and ‘Funny and warm … at last a buddy book  about real women … I thought it was fab’ (Amanda Platell). Emma’s second novel, NEVER CLOSE YOUR EYES, a slightly more chilling story of more than one woman’s dangerous liaison, was published by Preface in 2009 and was described as ‘a tense, fast-paced thriller’ by the Daily Telegraph. Emma’s third novel, THE DARLING GIRLS, an Amazon Kindle Top Ten Bestseller, was published in paperback by Head of Zeus in 2014.

Emma’s fifth novel TREMARNOCK, published by Head of Zeus, came out in April 2016, followed by THE CORNISH GUEST HOUSE in October of the same year.

“I couldn’t put it down… I loved this honest, absorbing story; every word rang true and I really cared about the characters. A terrific read” (Lorraine Kelly).

TREMARNOCK SUMMER, the third book in the series was published in October 2017 and will be followed by A TREMARNOCK SECRET later this year. 

Emma is married to political commentator Kevin Maguire, and they live with their children, Georgia, Harry and Freddie, in Kingston-upon-Thames, London.