Melissa Addey



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During 2016 Melissa Addey has a dream job, as Writer in Residence at the British Library, where she’s paid to write, research and create new works. She shares how she got the gig, offer tips on a successful residency and points out the pitfalls so you can avoid them.


Melissa Addey grew up on an organic farm in Italy and was home educated. Along the way she has worked for Sainsbury’s head office looking after the organic range of products as well as developing new products and packaging; for Roehampton University developing student entrepreneurs; done a Masters focused on creativity and worked as a business consultant on a government scheme for over six years offering mentoring, advice, training and grants to small businesses, mostly in the food sector.

Melissa now live in London with her husband, young son and toddler daughter, looking after the kids and writing. During 2016 she’ll be the Leverhulme Trust’s Writer in Residence at the British Library. She is based in their Business and IP Centre, looking at the twin strands of storytelling for business and business for storytellers.

Melissa writes historical novels. Her first, set in China, The Fragrant Concubine, was longlisted for both the Mslexia Novel Competition and the Historical Novel Society Indie Award.

She is currently writing a novella set in China again, before moving on to Morocco for a historical trilogy about three extraordinary women and their very different relationships with one man who created a Muslim empire across Northern Africa and Spain in the 11th century.

Melissa also write non fiction: 100 Things to do while Breastfeeding and The Happy Commuter, both books about making the best of your downtime.


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The Fragrant Concubine Melissa AddeyHappy Commuter by Melissa AddeyMelissa is giving away an ebook copy of her historical fiction novel “The Fragrant Concubine“, and an ebook copy of her her non-fiction book “The Happy Commuter

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