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

Dr Sanjida O’Connell has a PhD in zoology and psychology. She’s the author of eight novels (Theory of Mind, Angel Bird, The Priest and the Lily and Sugar Island) and four non-fiction books (Mindreading: How we Learn to Love and Lie; Sugar: The Grass that Changed the World; Chimpanzee: The Making of the Film, and Nature’s Calendar).

She’s also contributed to two encyclopaedias, had poetry published in an anthology and edited two collections of work by students for the charity, First Story. Sanjida has 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, highly commended for BBC Wildlife Magazine’s Award for Nature Writing and shortlisted for Asian Woman of the Year.

Sanjida’s third novel, originally published by John Murray as The Naked Name of Love, is now being republished by Hummingbird Books as The Priest and the Lily, and will shortly be available as an Audible audiobook, narrated by Mike Jaimes.

Her first psychological thriller, Bone by Bone, written under the pen name of Sanjida Kay, and published by Corvus Books, 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 and the Sunday Express. She’s now had three more psychological thrillers published by Corvus Books: The Stolen Child, My Mother’s Secret and One Year Later. The first three psychological thrillers are available as audiobooks, and The Stolen Child has been published in Poland.


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