Character witness

Acclaimed novelist Rachel Crowther was a doctor for 20 years and has five children aged 11 to 26. After fitting in her writing between babies and medical exams, she did an MA in creative writing and published her first novel in 2011. The family spends term-time in Surrey, where Rachel’s husband Richard Pleming teaches, and school holidays at their house in the Eden Valley. Rachel’s latest novel, Every Secret Thing, is set in Patterdale