Gill Hornby was born in 1959 and educated at Brasenose College, Oxford. She worked for many years in News and Current Affairs at BBC TV, and has written book reviews, features and columns for The Times, The Guardian, The Literary Review and The Daily Telegraph.
Her first book was a biography of Jane Austen for children. Her first novel, The Hive, was published in 2013 and became a Sunday Times Best Seller. It was described by The Guardian as ‘genuinely charming’. The film rights have already been sold to Focus Features. The Hive follows the various relationships between a group of women who meet every day at the school gate and their struggle to enter and maintain their positions in the clique of ‘Queen Bea’.
Her second novel, All Together Now, was first published in hardback in the UK in 2015, and will be out in paperback later this year. It has been described as ‘a funny, sharply observed and moving novel about the joys of singing, about living in harmony, about falling in love… and about the importance of finding your own, true voice’.
She is married to the novelist Robert Harris, and has four children.