Polly Courtney is the author of six published novels and some ongoing film projects. She started out as an investment banker and wrote her first book, Golden Handcuffs, because she wanted to expose the reality of life in the Square Mile. Having discovered her passion, she went on to write Poles Apart, a light-hearted novel based on her Polish migrant friend’s experiences in England. Subsequent novels have covered sexism, racism, fame culture and the summer riots and her most recent novel, Feral Youth, is about disenfranchised youth in a summer of discontent. She is a passionate champion of the underdog and this is reflected in her novels as well as her broadcast appearances. Her current screenplay project is based on the uplifting, true story of some Preston factory girls turned international football stars in WWI.
In late 2011, Polly famously walked out on her publisher, HarperCollins, for the ‘girly’ titles and covers assigned to her books – most notably, It’s a Man’s World, the hard-hitting take on the lads’ mag industry and its impact on society.
Polly is a regular commentator in the press and on TV and radio. She has a fortnightly slot on Sky News and often appears on the BBC and Channel 4 News to discuss a range of subjects including sexism, racism, youth frustration, the wealth divide, City culture and stereotypes in women’s fiction.
Much of Polly’s spare time is spent on the football pitch. She plays for her local side, Acton Ladies, and is a firm supporter of the women’s game in the UK. Polly also plays violin in the semi-professional string quartet, No Strings Attached, which provided the inspiration for her third novel, The Fame Factor. The members of No Strings Attached met in their first week at Cambridge University and have been performing together ever since.
If you’re a fan of Polly’s writing, be sure to follow her on Twitter and Facebook, where she does regular competitions and giveaways.