Essie Fox was born and raised in Herefordshire. After studying English Literature at Sheffield University, she moved to London where she worked in publishing – before becoming self-employed in commercial art design.
Always an avid reader, she is now writing historical novels. Her debut, The Somnambulist, was shortlisted for the National Book Awards, and featured on Channel 4’s TV Book Club. The Last Days of Leda Grey, set in the early years of silent film, was selected as The Times Historical Book of the Month. Her latest novel The Fascination, a Sunday Times Bestseller, features Victorian rural fairgrounds, the glamour of the London theatres, and an Oxford Street museum of morbid curiosities.
Essie is also the creator of the popular blog: The Virtual Victorian. She has lectured on this era at the V&A, and the National Gallery in London.