Gill Paul is the bestselling author of ten historical novels, many of them about real 20th-century women she thinks have been either marginalized or misjudged by historians. Jackie and Maria/The Second Marriage looks at the way Jackie Kennedy’s and Maria Callas’s lives began to overlap as they became rivals for Aristotle Onassis. The Collector’s Daughter is about Lady Evelyn Herbert, a remarkable woman who was part of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Gill has written about Romanov grand duchesses Tatiana and Maria in her novels The Secret Wife and The Lost Daughter, and about Wallis Simpson seen through the eyes of her one-time best friend Mary Kirk in Another Woman’s Husband.
Gill has a first-class MA in History, and worked as an editor in non-fiction publishing before starting to write her own books. Her non-fiction includes A History of Medicine in 50 Objects, and a series of wartime and royal love stories, including World War I, World War II and Civil War love stories collected from the protagonists’ descendants and university and museum archives.She ghostwrote a number of celebrity autobiographies and biographies before her passionate interest in human psychology led her to start writing biographical fiction about real historical characters.
Her novels have now been translated into twenty-one languages and topped the bestseller lists in the US, UK and Canada. She speaks at literary events on subjects ranging from Tutankhamun to the Titanic.
Gill lives in London with her partner, who is a light artist, and loves wild swimming year round.