Bella Bathurst was born in 1969. Her first book, The Lighthouse Stevensons, was a national bestseller, won a Somerset Maugham prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. She lives in London.
Lottie Moggach, whose novel Kiss Me First is shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013, recalls a much loved book from the award's first shortlist in 1999
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