Rachel Hore worked in publishing for many years before giving up her job in 2001 to focus on writing what would eventually become her debut novel, The Dream House. She grew up in Hong Kong and used to love receiving parcels full of books from British relatives. After a childhood of reading, she went on to study history at university before becoming an editor at a publishing company.
Rachel didn’t start writing until after her three children were born. Similar in style to Jojo Moyes, among her bestselling books are A Place of Secrets, The Memory Garden and The House on Bellevue Gardens. She now lives in Norwich and also teaches publishing and creative writing at the University of East Anglia
In Rachel Hore's A Place of Secrets, Jude begins to wonder if dreams can be passed down through families. As a child, she suffered a recurrent nightmare - running through a dark forest, crying for her mother. Now her six year-old niece is having the same dream and Jude is frightened for her. While grieving for her husband, Jude is asked to value a collection of 18th century astronomy instruments and manuscripts in Norfolk. She leaps at the chance to escape London and visit her home county, but once there she discovers threatening links to the present. With the help of local naturalist Euan, she searches for answers in the wild splendour of the Norfolk woods. Can she learn to love again?