Author of Feral Youth, Golden Handcuffs and other novels
Polly Courtney is the author of seven novels and is a regular commentator on TV and radio. She rose to fame in 2006 with her semi-autobiographical account of life in the Square Mile,
Golden Handcuffs, although it was never her intention to become a writer; she simply wanted to expose the high-flying City life 'for what it really is'.
Having discovered her passion, she went on to write
Poles Apart, a novel based on her Polish migrant friend's story, and a raft of books covering themes such as sexism, racism, "lads' mag" culture and the wealth divide, all with a light-hearted, humorous slant. Courtney's most recent novel,
Feral Youth, is set on the streets of south London and delves into the frustrations that led to the summer riots.
In late 2011, on the publication of her sixth novel,
It’s a Man’s World, Courtney famously walked out on her publisher, HarperCollins, frustrated by the 'chick lit' titles and covers being assigned to her books. She went on to self-publish her future novels and now gives regular masterclasses in self-publishing.
The west London novelist also plays violin in a semi-professional string quartet,
No Strings Attached, and competes for her local side in the London women’s football league.