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Clare is the best selling author of eight historical novels and a collection of short stories.
Born in Liverpool, the eldest of 5 children, Clare read English Language and Literature at Manchester University, although spent most of her time exploring the city's bars and nightclubs and founding the Rock n' Roll Society.
For many years she worked in consumer marketing, as International Marketing Director for big global companies selling detergents, diapers, tuna fish and chocolate biscuits. This included stints in Paris, Brussels, Sydney and Milan.
A Greater World, set in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, was begun back in 1998 after the first of many visits to Australia. Having almost completed the first draft, burglars stole her computer. Determined that they would not get the better of her, she sat down and wrote it all again.
Her second novel, Kurinji Flowers is set in a tea plantation in South India in the 1930s. The inspiration for the book came during a sleepless night in a hotel in Munnar in Kerala. The kurinji flowers of the title are unique to this region and are renowned for only flowering once in every 12 years.
Both novels are about people being displaced. In A Greater World Elizabeth Morton and Michael Winterbourne are unwilling emigrants from England for Australia, driven away by tragic events. Ginny Dunbar in Kurinji Flowers, following a scandal that wrecks her future, is catapulted from her life as a debutante into the world of colonial India. None of these people is equipped to deal with what lies ahead.
Clare loves to travel and always takes a sketchbook and a set of watercolours with her, but makes no claims to being any good at it.