Kate Boyle grew up in Essex, England where she took 14 books out of the local library every Tuesday, read like a demon and spent her days dreaming of adventures.
Leaving Bristol university with a first-class degree in History of Art, she moved to London to begin the dreaded job-hunting; cue a sequence of jobs in chaotic charities, art auction houses and PR agencies.
Her thirst for adventure resurfaced in her late 20s and despite always being useless at languages, a dogged desire to conquer her inability to roll her r’s led her to Madrid where she spent two and a half blissful years spitting over strangers and teaching English to a stream of Spaniards. She never grew accustomed to their regular comments on her pale skin tone.
Now back in Londres she wastes hours dreaming of the sunny skies of Madrid and persists with the irritating habit of dropping Spanish words into conversation at random. When she’s not revisiting her adopted homeland, indulging in her love of jamon iberico or trying to perfect the art of the flawless Spanish tortilla, she can mostly be found in a PR agency by day and writing her second novel by night. She regularly writes for an antiques magazine and has contributed to two architectural books. Happy as a Partridge is her first novel.