Amanda Jennings was born in London in 1973, and her family moved to a village in rural Berkshire when she was young. She accepted a place to read architecture at Cambridge University, but it soon became clear it wasn’t for her and after a year she changed course to History of Art. After she finished university she set up a company with a friend writing copy for a variety of small businesses and then a year or so later was offered a job as a researcher at the BBC. But when she had her first child she found it hard to juggle home life with working, and could no longer ignore her yearning to write. When she became pregnant with her second child, and encouraged by the success of a shortlisted sitcom script in a BBC writing competition, she took the opportunity to be at home with her children, and grabbed every spare moment she could find to write.
Sworn Secret, her first novel, was published in the UK in August 2012. On kindle it was #4 bestseller in the UK, a Top 100 bestseller in the US, and reached the #1 spot in Italy in translation. It was also published in Taiwan in translation. Her second book, The Judas Scar, was published in May 2014, and shortly after was optioned by a film and television production company. In Her Wake, her third, was a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick and will be published in Germany, Sweden, Turkey and Italy. The Cliff House is published by HQ, an imprint of HarperCollins, and will be coming out in May 2018 in hardback, audio, ebook, and will be published in paperback in September.
Amanda enjoys appearing at events, is a regular guest on BBC Berkshire’s weekly Book Club, and is a judge for the annual Henley Youth Festival writing competition. She is also involved in the WoMentoring Project, which offers mentoring support for talented female writers with women who work in the literary world.
Amanda lives just outside Henley-on-Thames with her husband, three daughters and a varied menagerie. She is currently writing her fifth book, which will be set in and around the fishing port of Newlyn, not far from where her mother grew up. When she isn't writing she can generally be found walking the dog or loitering on Twitter or Instagram.