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Sue Lawrence


Cookery writer and novelist Sue Lawrence was born in Dundee and brought up in Edinburgh, where she now lives, having lived in many places including the French Pyrenees, Ost Friesland in Germany and northern Finland. She trained as a journalist with DCThomson after an Honours degree in French from Dundee University.

She has written 17 cookery books including Book of Baking and A Cooks Tour of Scotland. Her latest cookbook is A Cooks Tour of the Scottish Islands, due out in August 2019.

She specialises in traditional Scottish food and Baking and has written for various newspapers and magazines since winning BBC Masterchef in 1991.

She moved into writing Fiction recently: her second novel, The Night He Left, was published in April 2016. Her latest novel, Down to the Sea, will be published in 2019.


About writer's work

Having trained as a journalist, Sue Lawrence began writing cookbooks and newspaper and magazine columns. She now writes both Fiction and cookery books and attends many book festivals around the country, talking on both subjects, but mainly nowadays on fiction (though always happy to talk Cake too!). #BooksAndCake

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BBC Radio 4 Kitchen Cabinet regular panel member;  speaker; cookery demonstrator; cookery/baking judge; literary quizzer!

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The Night He Left

Author(s): Sue Lawrence
The Tay Rail Bridge Disaster impacts on 2 families : 1879 (Dundee) & 2015 (Glenisla and Dundee) - with devastating results. There are two missing men, two strong women….

Fields of Blue Flax

Author(s): Sue Lawrence
Fields of Blue Flax has been described as a genealogical mystery, set in both the present day and Victorian times.