Rebecca was educated at comprehensive schools in the north and south of England, and at Newnham College, Cambridge and Nuffield College, Oxford.
Her fiction debut, Touching Distance, published in 2008, was shortlisted for the 2009 McKitterick Prize and won the 2009 Medical Journalists’ Association Award for Fiction.
She is the author of several successful non-fiction titles, including Three Shoes, One Sock & No Hairbrush, a guide for second-time parents, described by Parenting Magazine as ‘essential reading’; The Playful Self: Why Women Need Play in their Lives, Woman In A Man’s World and When Parents Die, first published in 1991, shortlisted for the MIND Award and now an established classic in its field.
Rebecca was 2014 Gladstone’s Library Writer-in-Residence, and before that a First Story Writer-in-Residence at Larkmead School in Abingdon. She is a long-standing tutor on the Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford, and also designed the innovative Novel Thinking Programme for business leaders, which she teaches at the Said Business School in Oxford.
Rebecca regularly leads creative writing holidays for The Literary Consultancy, is a former Honorary Teaching Fellow on the Warwick Writing Programme at the University of Warwick, and was a founding faculty member of the School of Life, for whom she designed and led workshops on the Family.
A columnist on the Daily Telegraph for a number of years, Rebecca is a recipient of an Amnesty International Press Award, and is a regular contributor to the Financial Times.