Clare Chambers was born in 1966 in Croydon, Surrey, England, UK, daughter of English teachers. At 16, she met Peter, her future husband, a teacher 14 years older than her. She attended a school in Croydon, read English at Oxford and wrote her first novel while she was living in New Zealand. In 1999, her novel Learning to Swim won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association.

She now lives in Kent with her husband and her family.

Book List in Order: 9 titles

  • Now available in the US—the dark horse literary novel that has taken Britain by storm! In the best tradition of Tessa Hadley, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Ann Patchett—an astonishing, keenly observed period piece about an ordinary British woman in...


  • An intense and thrilling teen mystery set on a tranquil island where all seems perfect…Daniel has dark secrets and a troubled past. So when his family move to the island of Wragge, a gentle backwater where local life remains undisturbed he feels he...


  • Outstanding new voice in girls’ fiction. Fifteen-year-old Robyn (the “sensible”) one and her older sister Rachel (anything but!) arrive in Brighton to spend the summer with their estranged Aunt Jackie, who runs a ballgown hire business from ...


  • When aspiring novelist Christopher Flinders drops out of university to write his masterpiece (in between shifts as a fish delivery man and builder's mate), his family is sceptical. But when he is taken up by the London editor Owen Goddard and his cha...


  • Without even noticing, thirty-four-year-old Esther Fairchild has become a prisoner of routine. Living with her adored brother, Christian, she divides her time between illustrating children's books, nightly shifts as a waitress, weekly visits to her f...


  • In 1976 four students took a trip to the desert. Now the repercussions of that fateful summer are coming back to haunt them. And repercussions are just what Guy doesn't need: his wife, Jane, is moving swiftly from eccentric to downright peculiar, the...


  • In this witty look at the pretensions of suburbia, Abigail's safe, middle-class home life, is thrown into dramatic relief as her friendship with Frances's family gives her a new outlook - where her family is polite and ordinary, the Radleys are colou...


  • On the brink of forty, newly single with a failed business, Philip thought he'd reached an all-time low. It only needed a discarded chip on a South London street to lay him literally flat. So, bedbound and bored, Philip naturally starts to write th...


  • Looks at the fortunes and misfortunes that life has dealt out to four students. Slowly, each of them comes to realize that intelligence alone cannot insulate them against the vagaries of bad luck and bad judgement....