Kerry Barrett is the author of eight novels, including A Step in Time (HarperCollins), The Girl in the Picture (HQ) and The Hidden Women (HQ).

In Kerry's latest novel, The Secret Letter (HQ, Feb 2020), school teacher Lizzie moves to Elm Health for a fresh start, where her pupils and the community soon steal her heart. When the school is threatened with closure, Lizzie decides to fight back and looks to the school's founder, proud Suffragete Esther Watkins, for inspiration. As Lizzie uncovers Esther’s heartbreaking secrets, could it give her the strength she needs to save not just the school, but her new beginning too?

Born in Edinburgh, Kerry moved to London as a child, where she now lives with her husband and two sons. A massive bookworm growing up, she used to save up her pocket money to buy the latest Sweet Valley High, then read the whole book on the bus home and have to wait months for the next one. Eventually she realised it would be easier to write her own stories.

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