Martine Bailey was born and raised in Lancashire, where she first wrote stories on the back of TV scripts discarded by her father, a composer of themes to many of Granada TV’s pioneering dramas. She gained a first class honours degree in English Literature and an MSc in Management, initially working as a lecturer and Human Resources Manager and later obtaining external academic posts at centres in Hong Kong and Cairo.
Writing as Laura Bloom, she published The Wedding Diaries (2004), a bridal bestseller about the planning and celebration of her marriage. The Grown-Up Gap Year Diaries (2008) charted a round-the-world trip that included her mother’s birthplace, Java, Indonesia, and encounters with tribal groups on Flores and Sulawesi.
Martine lives in Cheshire, England and is married with one son. In 2012 she had a Creative Arts Scholarship at Muriwai Earthskin near Auckland. Under her own name, she has published three historical novels, An Appetite for Violets (2014), The Penny Heart (2015) and The Almanack (2019). Her fourth novel, The Prophet, will be published in the UK in February 2021.