Born in east London to working-class parents as the Second World War was drawing to its close, Sylvia Smith ducked out of a career in hairdressing at the last minute to begin a life of office work. She slowly and completely accidentally worked her way up to the position of private secretary. She is unmarried with no children. A driving license and a school swimming certificate are her only qualifications, although she is also quite good at dressmaking. Misadventures was published by Canongate in 2001. Appleby House is her second book.
"A hilarious and poignant little page-turner." --Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones's Diary "A charming, funny book about coin-operated bathtubs and unmarried secretaries living in shabbily-furnished rooms. Someday, I should like to visit this strange alien planet called London."--Neal Pollack, author of The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature "The East End minimalist is back. . .and again, against all probability, she draws us in, as if her book were a high suspense drama."--The Observer (UK) "Smith writes about mundanity with a deftness that can be startling. You end up turning the pages faster and faster, hungry for more..."--The Evening Standard (UK)