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Penny Hancock

Jemima Forrester
Film, TV and Stage Agent:
Georgie Smith
Translation Rights Contact:
Sophia Hadjipateras

Penny Hancock was born in London. She is the author of internationally bestselling novels and writes articles and short stories on family psychology for the national press. I Thought I Knew You, following a rape allegation between the children of two best friends, won the East Anglia book of the Year award in the fiction category in 2019 and has been optioned for TV by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.

Penny’s pyscholgocial thrillers, The Darkening Hour, A Trick of the Mind and Tideline are published by Simon and Schuster. Tideline was a Richard and Judy summer pick in 2012 and was chosen for the one of the first of Simon Mayo’s Bookclub reads on Radio 2. It has been translated into several languages.

Penny works as a Royal literary fellow and creative writing tutor. Previously she was a  primary teacher and a teacher of learners of English and asylum seekers. She created a number of best-selling text books for children learning English as another Language as well as readers for Cambridge University Press. She contributes articles to the Guardian, The Independent, The Times Educational Supplement and the Royal Literary Foundations ‘Collected’ magazine. as well as short stories to various magazines and journals both in the UK and the US.

In The Choice – her fifth and latest novel – a relationship therapist has to face a heart breaking choice in her own family after forgetting to pick up her grandchild from school. It explores how misunderstandings may lead to family breakdown, and how divorce does not only happen between adults. It was published with Mantle in 2022.

Penny divides her time between a village outside Cambridge and her children and grandchildren in London.

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