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Penny Hancock is the author of novels Tideline, (a Richard and Judy Bookclub pick in 2012), The Darkening Hour, and A Trick of the Mind. She has also written widely on family and relationships for mainstream media including the Guardian, the Times, the Independent, and Psychologies magazine and has published several short stories.

Penny Hancock’s new book I Thought I Knew You, will be published in March 2019 by Mantle (an imprint of Pan Macmillan). The story of the repercussions on two families of a shocking rape allegation, the novel asks whether we really know the people we love the most.

Penny says:

 I Thought I Knew You represents a fresh departure for me. It’s exciting to write in a new genre that should appeal to reading groups in particular, and to be working with a new publisher. Thank you to my loyal readers for waiting so patiently for this book!

A qualified teacher, Penny has taught from early primary to post graduate, and has recently been the Royal Literary Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

Penny is passionate about encouraging and teaching new writers. Do have a look at her Writing School page for information on her courses and mentoring schemes.

In addition to writing, Penny enjoys reading, psychology, swimming (the colder the water the better!) and bread making. She has three grown up children and lives just outside Cambridge.