About Amanda


 

Amanda LeesAmanda was born in Hong Kong and survived both a convent boarding school and a Jesuit boys’ school before being summarily ejected from the latter. She is the author of the bestselling satirical novels SELLING OUT and SECRET ADMIRER (both published by Pan) which have both received critical acclaim and have been translated into several languages.

She gets her thirst for adventure from her parents who met in the jungle in Borneo where her mother had set up a hospital and her father, a former Gurkha officer and Oxford-educated linguist, was probably up to no good.

Her parents decamped to Hong Kong where her father established a business importing his two great loves – champagne and whisky. Sadly, he died when Amanda was three before she could get to know him better although she’s pretty sure they would have shared the same sense of humour…

Her redoubtable Glaswegian-born mother ensured that Amanda not only travelled the world before she was ten but also passed on her great love of different people and cultures.  Amanda speaks four languages and is currently perfecting her Bulgarian.

The first book in her major teen trilogy, KUMARI, Goddess of Gotham, was  written as a tribute to her mum, who died a couple of months before Amanda got the idea for a series which would reflect her own exotic childhood. The second, KUMARI, Goddess of Secrets, and the third, KUMARI, Goddess of Destiny, have been translated into several languages along with the first. All three books have received excellent reviews.

Goddess of Gotham was longlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Award and shortlisted for the Doncaster Book Award. It was also Redhouse Book of the Month and all three titles were featured as Book of the Month for Lovereading4kids. The KUMARI trilogy has been translated into Portuguese, Turkish, Malay and German among other languages.

Amanda has a degree in drama and her first telly job was as a member of the Communist Resistance in ‘ALLO ‘ALLO. This involved running around with a dachshund tucked under one arm and deploying her best cod French accent. It’s all been dramatically downhill since.

A broadcaster as well as an actress and novelist, Amanda appears regularly on BBC radio and LBC and was a contracted writer to the hit series WEEKENDING on Radio 4.  She has conducted a love coaching phone-in from the sofa of Richard & Judy and wooed the viewers on Channel 5 Live. She won an award at the Hungarian Film Festival for a short film she produced called PROs AND CONs and has a number of projects currently in development.

She has written for, or contributed to, The Evening Standard, The Times, New Woman, US Cosmopolitan, Bulgaria’s Vagabond and Company Magazine as well as numerous online publications. She lives in London and has just completed a major new crime thriller.