Alexandra Heminsley is a bestselling author, ghostwriter, journalist, broadcaster and speaker. Her work has included writing Sunday Times Top Ten sellers, interviewing Jessica Ennis, Paula Radcliffe, and Courtney Love, and she has been nominated for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. She has also written about the incalculable value of nail polish, Valley of the Dolls, and periods.
She is author of three books about women, bodies and sport, including bestselling memoir RUNNING LIKE A GIRL, which has now been published in thirteen countries, and the forthcoming SOME BODY TO LOVE: A Family Story (January 2021). She also co-wrote Judy Murray’s bestselling and William Hill Sports Book of the Year nominated KNOWING THE SCORE. Her debut novel UNDER THE SAME STARS is published by Little, Brown in July 2021.
After working in publishing for six years she became a freelance journalist, broadcaster and author in 2004. Alongside projects under her own name, she continues to work on ghostwriting projects for major publishers including HarperCollins and Hachette and TV companies such as Lime and Monkey Kingdom. She has also worked with brands such as Nike, hush.com and Holland & Barrett.
After 8 years as the books editor at Elle, and 10 years at BBC Radio 2’s Claudia Winkleman Arts Show, she now reviews books for Grazia magazine and the Sara Cox show on BBC Radio 2. She continues to write features and interviews for the nationals including the Guardian, Telegraph and Times, as well as women’s magazines such as Vogue and Kinfolk magazine.
She regularly chairs author interviews and panels for bookshop and festival events, and has spoken about her own work at several festivals including Latitude and Greenwich. She travelled to Mexico with the British Council in 2015, and was a judge for 2011’s Costa Novel of the Year Award.
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