Tilly Bagshawe

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Tilly Bagshawe
BornMatilda Emily Bagshawe
(1973-06-12) 12 June 1973 (age 45)
London, England, UK
Pen nameTilly Bagshawe
OccupationJournalist, writer
SpouseRobin Nydes
RelativesLouise Mensch (sister)

Matilda Emily "Tilly" Bagshawe (born 12 June 1973) is a British freelance journalist and author. She is best known for her books in the vein of best-selling American author Sidney Sheldon, notably Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game and Sidney Sheldon's After the Darkness.

Life and work[edit]

Born on 12 June 1973 in Lambeth Hospital, London,[1] Bagshawe is one of three daughters born to Nicholas Wilfrid Bagshawe and his wife, Daphne Margaret (née Triggs).[2] Her father comes from a family of Roman Catholic gentry.[3] Her great-grandfather was the marine artist Joseph Ridgard Bagshawe, who was himself grandson of one of the 19th century's most renowned marine artists, Clarkson Stanfield,[4] and a nephew of Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, Catholic Bishop of Nottingham. Her paternal grandmother, Mary Frideswide, was the daughter of Charles Robertson, a stockbroker and benefactor of St Philip's Priory, Begbroke and one of the co-founders of Westminster Cathedral.[5] Her older sister is Louise Bagshawe Mensch, a chick lit author and former Conservative Member of Parliament. She has another sister Alice and a brother, James.[6]

She was educated at Woldingham School, Surrey, and while there, she became pregnant. At seventeen, she was a single mother of a daughter, Persephone (Sefi), but she finished her studies and at the age of eighteen, she went up to St John's College, Cambridge with her ten-month-old daughter in tow.[7]

Married to Robin Nydes, a US businessman, she lives between homes in London and Los Angeles, with three children. Now a freelance journalist and novelist, Bagshawe is a regular contributor to The Sunday Times, Daily Mail and other British publications.[citation needed]



  • Adored (2005/Jul) (ISBN 0-446-57688-3).
  • Showdown (2006).
  • Do Not Disturb (2008).
  • Flawless (2009).
  • Scandalous (2010).
  • Fame (2011)
  • Temptation (2012)
  • The Inheritance (2014)
  • The Bachelor (2016)

Sidney Sheldon Series of novels[edit]

M. B. Shaw Novels[edit]

  • Murder at the Mill (2017) [8]


  1. ^ "Births". The Times. 13 June 1973. p. 1.
  2. ^ "Marriages". The Times. 23 September 1969. p. 12.
  3. ^ "The Landed Gentry of Britain". Wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
  4. ^ David Cordingly (1996), Jane Turner, ed., "Stanfield, Clarkson" Grove Dictionary of Art, Macmillan Publishers
  5. ^ The Catholic Who's Who and yearbook, Volume 33, 1940, p. 432
  6. ^ Scott, Caroline (6 March 2005). "Relative Values: Tilly and Louise Bagshawe". The Sunday Times. London.
  7. ^ Haynes, Lorien (23 May 2009). "'Sefi is the best mistake I ever made'". Daily Mail. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  8. ^ "Bagshawe to write pen-name 'cosy crime' for Trapeze". The Bookseller.