19 jul 1968
Lisa Jewell is a British Sunday Times bestselling author who was born in London, England in 1968. She is the daughter of a secretary and a textile agent. She and her two younger sisters grew up in North London. She left school at the age of 16 to study for her arts foundation before going on to the Epsom School of Art & Design to study Fashion Illustration and Communication.
After graduating, Jewell went to work for the high street fashion chain Warehouse as a PR assistant. She stayed there for 3 years before moving to work as a receptionist and PA at Thomas Pink. She only started to write her first novel because a friend dared her to after she had been made redundant. She won dinner at her favourite restaurant in return for completing the first three chapters. Jewell finished Ralph’s Party a year later and it was published by Penguin Books the following year. It became the bestselling debut novel of the year in the UK in 1998. It is the story of the inhabitants of the different flats inside 31 Almanac Road and how their lives overlap.
Lisa Jewell has since written 10 novels, all of which have been very popular and well-received. Her novel 31 Dream Street was awarded the Melissa Nathan Award in the Comedy Romance category.
Lisa still lives in the north of London, but is now joined by her IT consultant husband Jascha, their two daughters Amelie and Evie and two tabby cats.