Celia Rees was born in Solihull, West Midlands, UK. She studied History and Politics at Warwick University and has a Master's Degree from Birmingham University. She taught English in city comprehensive schools for seventeen years before beginning her writing career. She is the author of over twenty acclaimed books for young adults, and has won various prizes both in Britain and abroad. Her work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook is her first adult novel. Celia lives in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, with her husband.
'A perfect summer read; gripping, original, well-drawn and compassionate' Joanne Harris 'Celia Rees is a superb writer, and this novel has one of the most irresistible and unique story hooks I've ever come across. This book deserves to be huge!' Bestselling author, Sophie Hannah 'The novel's attention to detail is remarkable, a true historian at work. It is also a thriller and a troubled love story. You won't want to put it down. I lived every moment. Highly recommended' Bestselling author, Carol Drinkwater 'Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook is that rarity: a novel that has both gentle charm and compulsive page-turning tension. Who could fail to love Edith Graham, schoolteacher and unlikely spy, with her coded recipes and a Luger in her handbag?' Judith Alnatt 'This book reminded me why I love reading . . . Edith Graham is a sophisticated, warm-blooded and talented protagonist, who must learn not to trust anyone' Michelle Lovric 'I couldn't put it down . . . I loved the details, the intimacy, and the entire experience. Perfect for readers of Kate Quinn's The Alice Network' Elizabeth Chadwick 'Betrayals, double crosses and twists . . . A triumph of plotting, research and first class storytelling' Mary Hoffman 'I've just finished this simmering story of post-war intrigue . . . gripping and moving in equal measure, and served with a wealth of well-researched historical detail' Clare Mulley Praise for Celia Rees: 'The prolific, erudite and consistently brilliant Celia Rees is justly renowned for her dizzyingly inventive plots' Guardian 'This is a powerful, absorbing and unusual novel' The Bookseller