Brigid Coady is an exciting new talent to watch. Her debut novel No One Wants to Be Miss Havisham (HarperImpulse 2015) won the RNA’s Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers.

In Persuading Austen (HQ Digital, 2017), Annie Elliot never expected her life to turn out this way: living with her dad, working as an accountant – surely the least glamorous job in Hollywood?! – and dodging her family’s constant bickering. Landing a job as a producer on a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice seems like the piece of luck she’s been waiting for. Until the cast is announced, and Annie discovers that the actor playing Mr Darcy is Austen Wentworth: Hollywood’s hottest property and the man she’s spent nearly a decade trying to forget. Should Annie stand by her pride? Or give into Austen’s powers of persuasion?

Brigid Coady was born in the UK but raised round the world with most of her childhood spent reading. Much of her writing is done on her daily commute and with her marketing flair she has got herself the official appointment as Writer in Residence on the 06.37 from London Victoria to Canterbury West. Brigid is also a voice-over artist, loves country music and has had her own radio show. Her unhealthy obsession with Kenny Chesney and One Direction causes concern. She lives in London.

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