Sanjida Kay


When I was five years old I decided I wanted to be a novelist and a zoologist.

I have a PhD on chimpanzees and I’ve had eleven books published, both novels and works of non-fiction. I wrote features and columns for national newspapers and magazines about science and the environment, directed science documentaries and presented wildlife programmes for the BBC.

I’ve been shortlisted for the BBC Asia Awards, was one of the winners of the Betty Trask Award for Romantic Fiction, shortlisted for the Daily Telegraph Science writer’s award, and highly commended for BBC Wildlife magazine’s award for nature writing.

My fifth novel, Bone by Bone, is a psychWPBakery Page Builderological thriller, written under my pen name of Sanjida Kay, and is published by Corvus Books. It went straight into the Amazon kindle best-selling list.

It was long listed for the CWA Steel Dagger Award and nominated as one of the best crime and thriller books of 2016 by the Guardian.

My second psychological thriller, The Stolen Child,has been optioned for film rights by the company that made Homeland.

My third thriller, My Mother’s Secret, is out now. The next thriller, One Year Later, is coming soon!

All three thrillers are available as audio books.

I live in Somerset with my husband and my daughter.