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Sophie Crockett graduated from London University’s Royal Holloway. On leaving university she travelled to Russia as a timber buyer in the Caucasus Mountains, but after the birth of her son in 1996 she returned to the east coast of Suffolk, where she spent five years restoring a derelict Ancient Scheduled Monument – a Martello Tower on the mouth of the River Deben. After moving to a smallholding in Tunstall Forest and with her son having started school, Sophie began a business selling walnut gunstocks from Eastern Armenia. She speaks Russian and French – both rather badly. Currently living in the beech forests of the Montagne Noir of Southern France, Sophie still regularly travels to Armenia to buy timber. Her experiences in far-flung places inform much of her writing. After The Snow is her first novel.
There were footsteps on the wooden boards of the porch. Stomping footsteps. The rattling of the flimsy door. Bashing on it.
‘Open up! Open up in there!’