About

Picture by Nick Tucker
I write books, plays and films. 

How to be a Heroine (Chatto & Windus, 2014) is a reading memoir that came out of an argument with my best friend over which literary heroine we liked best, Jane Eyre or Cathy Earnshaw...and realising that my whole life I'd been trying to be Cathy when maybe I should have been trying to be Jane.

Take Courage: Anne Brontë and the Art of Life (Chatto & Windus, 2017) is my quest to get to know the "other" Brontë sister, who is always described as being so sweet and stoic, but who I found to be a radical pioneer, with a lot to teach us about how to find our way in the world.

Cling to me Like Ivy (premiered at the Birmingham Rep Theatre, published by Nick Hern Books, 2011) is an offbeat comedy drama about an Orthodox Jewish woman rebelling against her roots...and about love, hair and tree-sitting.

How to Date a Feminist (premiered at the Arcola Theatre, published by Nick Hern Books, 2016) is a twist on the Hollywood rom com and a passionate modern love story. It has been produced in Poland and Mexico, with more productions coming up.

My other plays include Operation Magic Carpet (Polka Theatre), The Only Jew in England (East 15/Queens' Theatre Hornchurch), Starlore for Beginners and Other Plays (Theatre 503), Patching Havoc (Theatre 503) and Love is Not New in This Country (BBC Radio 3). I was a founder member of The Miniaturists, for whom I wrote four short plays.

I worked as a script editor and writer on Paddington and Paddington 2.

I've recently written prefaces to Amber Reeves's A Lady and her Husband (Persephone Books) and to Anne Brontë's Agnes Grey (Vintage).

As a journalist, I write for the Guardian, Literary Review, the TLS, Independent, The Pool and others.

I was chair of judges for the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Award 2016, I am a mentor for Womentoring and I am a MacDowell Colony Fellow.

I am the daughter of Iraqi Jewish refugees and grew up in London where I still live, with my husband and son.