With the publication of her debut novel, Nest of Vipers, a book that would become a celebrated international bestseller, Linda Davies launched a new genre and a new career. But long before the global book deals and stellar reviews in the New York Times, Linda was logging 80 hour work weeks as one of the first women investment bankers in the City of London. At nights and weekends, she’d squeeze in time working on her first novel.
Born in Scotland and raised in South Wales, Linda inhaled books as child and dreamed of becoming a writer. But she was the daughter of an economist and a homemaker, and therefore, raised to be practical. So, after reading PPE at St Edmund Hall, Oxford (where she was awarded the Philip Geddes Memorial Prize for journalism) she went into investment banking instead. For the next eight years she worked in the City of London where she saved her running away money. One day, to her horror, she figured out a way to commit the perfect financial crime. After considering it for 3 seconds, she opted to instead write a novel about it.
18 months later, she decided to confront reality and test whether it really had been wise to give up her day job. She pitched her book to an agent… A week later he presented her with a stunning book deal that would see Nest of Vipers published in over 30 territories and optioned by MGM Studios. Since publishing Nest of Vipers, Linda Davies has gone on to publish twelve more books, seven for adults and five for children, which collectively have sold millions of copies and won various awards.
She has lived in Peru and the Middle East with her husband and three children. In 2005, in what could have been ripped from the pages of her own books, she and her husband were kidnapped, interrogated and held prisoner in Iran. She went on to write about this experience and what she learned from it in her first work of non-fiction, Kidnapped.
Linda’s fast-paced page turners explore risk, identity, temptation and who we really are, when the things we value most have been taken away.
She lives near the sea in Suffolk with her family and two Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
Awards and achievements
- October 2018: Linda becomes the inaugural Writer in Residence at St Edmund Hall, Oxford
- 2017: Longbow Girl named to the 2017 Texas Lone Star Reading List, shortlisted for the Tir na n-Og Awards by Books Council of Wales, voted USBBY Outstanding International Book of 2017 (2017.3, Grades 6-8), and voted Bank Street CBC Best Children’s Book of the Year (2017.4d, Twelve to Fourteen, Fiction, Fantasy)
- 2016: Longbow Girl wins Mal Peet Children’s Book of the Year Award, East Anglian Children’s Book Award, and is shortlisted for the Historical Association Young Quills Award
- 2015: Longbow Girl selected as one of The Daily Telegraph Top 45 YA Books of 2015
- While at Oxford: winner of the Philip Geddes Memorial Prize for journalism
Linda also writes for The Times, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and the Guardian newspapers, as well as the National Theatre.