Born in north-west London, Katharine McMahon studied English and Drama at Bristol University because she wanted either to act or to write. In the end, she taught herself to touch-type on a 21st birthday-present, a portable type-writer and wrote her first novel in a gap year following university. She then qualified as a teacher of English and Drama, and spent a couple of years teaching in a Hertfordshire comprehensive school. But in some ways teaching and writing don’t go together at all because they require the same creative energy, so she gave up teaching, took up a job taking breakdown calls at the RAC and wrote another book.
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