Carol graduated in medicine from Cambridge University. She then spent several years in different hospital specialities, including orthopaedic surgery and rheumatology, before entering general practice when her first son was born.
Carol’s journalism and broadcasting developed in tandem with working as a GP, and she is now well-known as a media medic and as president of the Guild of Health Writers. She writes for The Sun newspaper and other titles. She also appears regularly on TV and radio, giving her opinion on topical health issues.
Many of Carol’s non-fiction books are on child health and parenting, such as the much-loved guide Twins & Multiple Births. Her titles combine her professional expertise and her personal experience as a mother of three sons. As co-author of the book General Practice at a Glance, Carol won a British Medical Association book award in 2013. A companion volume, General Practice Cases at a Glance, appeared in 2016.
Carol's frivolous side has never been far from the surface. As a student, she considered a career as a comedian despite a poor demand for Latin poetry recited in an Egyptian accent. Later, she became a columnist for Punch magazine, and her articles can still be found in dentists' waiting rooms. Now, her contemporary novels One Night at the Jacaranda and Hampstead Fever are infused with a sharp wit.
Alongside writing and broadcasting, Carol teaches medical students at Imperial College, London. She is honorary consultant in family medicine for Tamba (Twins and Multiple Births Association), and delivers pre-natal sessions to expectant parents of twins, triplets or more.
Carol is a trustee of Action on Pre-Eclampsia, a patron of Lucy Air Ambulance for Children, and an Associate of Newnham College, Cambridge. She is working on a further novel.