Rebecca is an author, teacher, and literary journalist. She is the Writer-in-Residence at Brasenose College, Oxford; a long-standing tutor on the Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford, and a regular literary critic for the Financial Times.
Her most recent book, The Jewish Journey: 4000 years in 22 objects (Ashmolean Museum, 2017), was described as ‘a celebration of Jewish life in all its worldly immensity..a tribute to the cosmopolitan ideals of Stefan Zweig’ (FT, 2017). Her fiction debut, Touching Distance (Macmillan, 2008) was shortlisted for the 2009 McKitterick Prize and won the 2009 Medical Journalists’ Association Award for Fiction.
Her other published works include Three Shoes, One Sock & No Hairbrush, described by Parenting Magazine as ‘essential reading’; The Playful Self, Woman In A Man’s World, and When Parents Die, first published in 1991 and continuously in print ever since, shortlisted for a MIND Award and now an established classic in its field.
Rebecca was Gladstone’s Library Writer-in-Residence in 2014, and First Story Writer-in-Residence at Larkmead School in Abingdon from 2010-2012. She designed the innovative Novel Thinking Programme for business leaders, which she has taught at the Said Business School at Oxford University and elsewhere. She is a former Honorary Teaching Fellow on the Warwick Writing Programme at the University of Warwick, and founding faculty member of the School of Life, for whom she designed and led workshops on the Family.
A former columnist on the Daily Telegraph and recipient of an Amnesty International Press Award, Rebecca has contributed to the national press for over 30 years as a literary critic, feature writer and commissioning editor. Her articles have appeared in the Financial Times, Guardian, Sunday Times, Independent, Daily Mail, Vogue, New Statesman, and Jewish Chronicle.