About Carol



Carol is a novelist and a doctor, just as she always dreamed of becoming.

Born in London, she was eight months old when she moved to Alexandria with her Egyptian mother and British father. She returned to the UK at 18 to go to Cambridge University where she studied medicine and her fellow students.

After graduating and moving to London, medical practice took priority. Once she found time to write alongside working as a general practitioner, she became well-known as a medical journalist. She wrote for the UK's number one newspaper for over 20 years, and authored and edited a string of non-fiction books.

Carol’s sense of fun has never been far from the surface. She was a columnist for Punch. You may still be able to find tattered copies of magzine with her articles in dentists' waiting rooms. Her fiction is also infused with a sharp wit and reflects her diverse background. Set in Egypt, The Girls from Alexandria is her latest novel.

Carol is a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, and deputy chair of the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia (APEC). She teaches at Imperial College, London, on medicine in the media. Carol's three sons are all adults, and she now lives with her husband and cat in Hampstead and Cambridge.