Wendy Perriam has been writing since the age of five, completing her first novel at eleven. Expelled from boarding school for heresy and told she was in Satans power, she escaped to Oxford, where she read History and also trod the boards. After a variety of offbeat jobs, ranging from artists model to carnation-disbudder, she now divides her time between teaching and writing. Having begun by writing poetry, she went on to publish 16 novels and 7 short-story collections, acclaimed for their power to disturb, divert and shock. "
" She has also written extensively for newspapers and magazines, and was a regular contributor to radio programmes such as Stop the Week and Fourth Column. "
" Perriam feels that her many conflicting life experiences strict convent-school discipline and swinging-sixties wildness, marriage and divorce, infertility and motherhood, 9-to-5 conformity and periodic Bedlam have helped shape her as a writer. Writing allows for shadow-selves. Im both the staid conformist matron and the slag; the well-organised author toiling at her desk and the madwoman shrieking in a straitjacket.