The Crime Writers' Association

Heather Barnett

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Heather Barnett has been making things up and writing them down ever since she could hold a pen. She studied English and French at the University of Leeds and has since written at every opportunity, from copywriting to stand-up comedy and sketches. Her influences are eclectic, encompassing Jane Austen and Agatha Christie at one end of the alphabet through to Jeanette Winterson & PG Wodehouse at the other. Her debut novel was kick-started with the help of sessions at the Faber Academy and Arvon Foundation, and then regularly impeded by two attention-seeking cats, with whom she shares a house by the river in Newbury. She is head of marketing at an agency in Oxfordshire.

Her first novel, Acts of Kindness, is a light-hearted thriller due to be published in March 2021 by Serpentine Books.