Maggie Gee OBE ‘s seventeenth book, The Red Children, set partly in Gibraltar and inspired by its Neanderthal history and culture & modern politics, was published in 2022. Her work includes the pioneering climate fictions Where Are the Snows (1990), The Ice People (1997), The Flood (2004) and The White Family (2002), shortlisted for the Women’s Prize and the International Impac Award. Her 2019 black comedy Blood (2019), about a divided Britain on the verge of leaving Europe, was on the Sunday Times’s ‘Best Literary Novels 2019’ list and ‘Best summer reading’ list. Hilary Mantel described Blood as ‘An astonishing book. Funny and fierce, written with style and dash, without fear.’ Maggie was the first woman Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, and is now a Vice-President. She has been translated into over 15 languages. She has travelled and lectured around the world, including Istanbul, Stockholm, Beirut, Cairo and Kampala, Uganda, and is currently Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Maggie is married to Nicholas Rankin, whose six books include an acclaimed history of Gibraltar during the second world war, Defending the Rock (2017, Faber).