Born and raised in Herefordshire, after studying English Literature at Sheffield University, Essie moved to London, first to work for the Telegraph Sunday Magazine and then for George, Allen & Unwin, the publishers of Tolkien. A change of career when a daughter was born saw Essie become an illustrator – a passion that lasted twenty years, and during which she designed greetings cards, gift wrap and ceramics, all under the name of Sarah Bengry.
Essie now divides her time between Bow in East London and Windsor – from where she pursues her writing career.
The Goddess and The Thief
Uprooted from her home in India, Alice is raised by her aunt, a spiritualist medium in Windsor. When the mysterious Mr Tilsbury enters their lives, Alice is drawn into a plot to steal the priceless Koh-i-Noor diamond, claimed by the British Empire at the end of the Anglo-Sikh wars.
Said to be both blessed and cursed, the sacred Indian stone exerts its power over all who encounter it: a handsome deposed maharajah determined to claim his rightful throne, a man hell-bent on discovering the secrets of eternity, and a widowed queen who hopes the jewel can draw her husband’s spirit back. In the midst of all this madness, Alice must discover a way to regain control of her life and fate…