Alyson Rudd started out as a financial journalist but has been an award-winning sportswriter for 23 years, all of them with the Times, bar a two year stint at the Sunday Telegraph. She has written two non-fiction titles; Astroturf Blonde, about playing football with men and women’s teams and a biography of Matthew Harding, the Chelsea director who was killed in a helicopter crash.
She is a something of a judging panel addict and decided to write fiction after assessing the entries for the Costa First Novel Award. Her first novel, The First Time Lauren Pailing Died, was published by HQ in 2019. Her second, Eleven Lines to Somewhere, will be published in HQ in 2020.
Alyson, born in Liverpool, is a qualified football coach and referee, married with two sons and lives in Southwest London.