Lisa Jewell

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Lisa Jewell (born 19 July 1968, Middlesex Hospital, London) is a popular British author of chick lit fiction. Her books include Ralph's Party, Thirtynothing, After The Party, a sequel to Ralph's Party,[1] and most recently The House We Grew Up In.[2]


She was educated at St. Michael's Catholic Grammar School in Finchley, north London, leaving school after one day in the sixth form to do an art foundation course at Barnet College followed by a diploma in fashion illustration at Epsom School of Art & Design.

She worked in fashion retail for several years, namely Warehouse and Thomas Pink.[3]

After being made redundant, Jewell accepted a challenge from her friend to write three chapters of a novel in exchange for dinner at her favourite restaurant. Those three chapters were eventually developed into Jewell's debut novel Ralph's Party, which then became the UK's bestselling debut novel in 1999.[4][5]

Jewell is one of the most popular authors writing in the UK today, and in 2008 was awarded the Melissa Nathan Award For Comedy Romance for her novel 31 Dream Street.[6]

She currently lives in Swiss Cottage, London with her husband Jascha, and daughters Amelie Mae (born 2003) and Evie Scarlett (born 2007).[7]




  1. ^ [1], publisher's website.
  2. ^ [2], Amazon page.
  3. ^ About Lisa, Lisa Jewell's website.
  4. ^ [3], Penguin's profile of Lisa Jewell.
  5. ^ Hagestadt, Emma (21 September 2001). "Lisa Jewell: Inside the cappuccino conspiracy". The Independent. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  6. ^ [4], Melissa Nathan Award For Comedy Romance website.
  7. ^ About Lisa, Lisa Jewell's website.
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