Clare Clark on her inspiration
Clare Clark is the author of the highly acclaimed historical novels The Great Stink, Savage Lands (both long listed for the Orange Prize) and The Nature of Monsters. Born in 1967, she graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge with a double first in History, and now lives in London with her husband and two children. Her latest novel is Beautiful Lies set in 1887, the year of Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, and a year fraught with economic uncertainty, riots and tabloid scandal-mongering. @claresclark

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