Penny Hancock

After several years in London, Penny Hancock now lives in Cambridge with her husband and three children. She is a part-time primary school teacher at a speech and language school and has travelled extensively as a language teacher. Her debut novel, Tideline, was published to rave reviews and was a Richard & Judy Bookclub pick.

Books by this Author

A Trick of the Mind
The Darkening Hour

Author Revealed

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Anna Karenina

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Acceptance, empathy, humour

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Writing

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Eating between meals

Author Voices

April 08, 2013

The Cutty Sark inGreenwich-or


The Cutty Sark re-opened in April this year. For five years the 19thcentury Thames Tea Clipper was shrouded in white plastic as its interior –wrecked by a fire - was repaired. Incredibly, the ship survived its inferno and has been restored to its former glory.

The Cutty Sark was a land mark in my formative years, just a walk away from where I grew up. The scale of the ship, its masts, towering over the residential buildings of Greenwich, its crows nests that I remember Blue Peter presenters scaling the rigging to reach, were spectacular, but as achild I... see more

April 02, 2013

Tideline music

One of the questions the lovely Chris Simmons (Crimesquad) asked me during the New Blood panel at Bristol Crimefest was about the music in Tideline.

Was I musical he asked?

Sadly, I'm not, at all, not the tiniest bit. I chose to make Jez musical because I wish I was.

Characters can sometimes be used a kind of wish fulfilment!

I do however listen to music whilst writing or at least whilst thinking about writing as it puts me in that day-dream state where ideas seem to flow more freely.

I decided to write in this blog about the musical references in Tideline, or what I suppose you might call the... see more

March 26, 2012

Why am I overcome with melancholy today? OK it's a dire time of the year, dark already at 4.00 pm and it's been overcast since it tried to get light. Christmas is over, we're all back at school and work. But it isn't just this. Tideline came out on Thursday to some great reviews so why aren't I dancing with excitement? Then I realise. Today my middle daughter went back to uni. It's great that she couldn't wait to go- it's what you wish for your kids, that they are happier away from, than at home, but there's no getting away from the fact that departures involve a little sadness. They evoke on some level bigger separations, the other times you've had to... see more

January 25, 2012

There’s something mysterious about the signs on the motorway that say, simply ‘The North.’ They hint at a vague arctic otherworld, a magical tundra, icicles, snow sculpture. I’m driving to Scotland for Christmas, the car full to the gills with presents, children, hampers of food, boxes of wine. The signs fill us all with trepidation, excitement. The reality may be the drab A1 stretching interminably wet and grey, up to Leeds, Doncaster, Newcastle. But ‘The North’ whispers ‘possibility’ to us,‘the unknown’. And these signs seem to echo down the years. I’ve made this journey more times than... see more


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