Mary Chamberlain’s passion in life has been writing, and her two great loves are history and literature. After an acclaimed career as an academic historian, she began a new life as a novelist, graduating from the MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, London University in 2010. Not surprisingly, the setting for her novels are in the past, rather than the present.
“There are still so many questions from the past that remain unanswered, so much that we need to understand. Fiction is another way into that understanding, can open imaginative doors that may be closed to historians. Without knowing our history, we cannot know ourselves.”
Mary Chamberlain was born in South London in 1947, and holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh, the London School of Economics and Royal Holloway, University of London. She has lived in the UK and the Caribbean, is Emeritus Professor of Caribbean History, Senior Research Fellow in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and has been a member of a range of academic, editorial and government advisory boards. She now lives in London.