Clare Harvey was born in Barnstaple in North Devon, and lived there until just after her seventh birthday, when the family uprooted and moved to Mauritius for two years. After living overseas, the family moved back to Englefield Green, in Surrey, and then later back to Devon, where she went to secondary school.
Clare studied Law at the University of Leicester, but chose not to follow a legal path, deciding instead to do voluntary work in Tanzania and hitch-hike from Zanzibar to Cape Town, where she stayed for a year. After her African adventure, she worked for an overseas charity, picked up a journalism qualification, and fell in love with a soldier. Much to her parents’ dismay, a safe career as a solicitor never looked likely!
Clare has had an itinerant adulthood, working as a freelance journalist and English tutor in Nepal, Germany and Northern Ireland, as well as various parts of England, as the trailing spouse of a serving soldier.
Clare’s book The English Agent (Simon & Schuster, October 2016) is a story of intrigue, drama and romance, following the intertwining lives of two women in wartime London and Paris. Her debut novel The Gunner Girl (Simon & Schuster, October 2015) won the Exeter Novel Prize in 2015 and the 2016 Joan Hessayon Award for romantic fiction.
Clare is currently working on a novel about women munitions factory workers in WW2, and the secrets of the night shift.
She has three children and lives in Nottingham.