Rachel Edwards was born and raised in the UK by her Jamaican mother and Nigerian father. She is delighted to have been ‘born on three continents at once’ and identifies as many things: black British and of Afro-Caribbean heritage; wife, and stepmother to university age twins; a London-loving resident of the Shires, a heartbroken Europhile still hoping for the best and a diehard Soul II Soul fan.
Rachel read French with English at King’s College London. After a graduate stint in publishing, her break into fiction came in her twenties when she was engaged to craft literary sauce for her first editor, Rowan Pelling. She then won a national fiction award from The Arts Council which comprised mentoring from the acclaimed novelist Catherine Johnson. She has since written for Marie Claire and many other publications, freelancing for more than ten years until 2016 when she chose to focus full-time on her fiction.
Darling is her debut novel.