Kate Long was brought up in Lancashire in a small village half-way between Wigan and Bolton. Her first novel, The Bad Mother’s Handbook, was published by Picador in 2004; it became a number one bestseller, was serialized on Radio 4, nominated for a British Book Award and made into an ITV drama starring Catherine Tate. Her next two novels, Swallowing Grandma and Queen Mum were also Picador bestsellers. A fourth, The Daughter Game, was released in 2008. She is also the author of Mothers & Daughters (2011), Before She Was Mine (2012), Bad Mothers United (2013) and Something Only We Know (2015) all published by Simon & Schuster. Kate has had short stories published in Woman’s Own, Woman and Home, The Sunday Express magazine and the Sunday Night Book Club anthology. She lives in Shropshire with her husband and two sons.