About judith


Judith was born in Northumberland, England, and grew up in the village of Warkworth - made famous by Shakespeare and JMW Turner. She studied English and History of Art in London where she went on to have a career in media, publishing and graduate recruitment as managing director of Graduate Appointments, formerly part of Haymarket Publishing and at that time owned by the novelist Josephine Hart and her husband Maurice Saatchi. Judith was a founder and director of Saatchi's Megalomedia plc, nominated a Woman of the Year and made a Fellow of the RSA.  

After the birth of her second child, Judith gave up her career in the corporate world and moved with her family from London to rural Hampshire, where she returned to her two passions, painting and writing. Her début novel The Last Summer was published in the UK and British Commonwealth countries in 2012, in the USA the following year, and translated to French, German, Spanish and Italian. Judith's research into the history of her home led her to Italy and the art world, and inspired her second novel, The Memory of Lost Senses.

As well as being an author, Judith is an occasional painter, nature lover and voracious reader. Her favourite women writers include Elizabeth Taylor, Jean Rhys, Rosamond Lehmann, Barbara Pym, Anita Brookner, Virginia Woolf and Edith Wharton. She is a long time champion of many neglected twentieth century women writers and you can view them on Twitter - #NeglectedLadyNovelists

Read more about Judith's favourite writers: Neglected Lady Novelists and Me

Check out Judith's recommended reads: 20 Novels by C20th Women Writers

Articles for Women Writers, Women's Books:

A Sense of Place

The Artistic Coma and The Arrogant Intellect

Historical Fiction: Making Research Invisible

But Who Will Want to Read It?