llustration by Lauren O’Hara, from Madame Badobedah, written by Sophie Dahl.

Sophie Dahl began her career as a teenage fashion model, but books and writing were always her first love.

In 2003, Bloomsbury published her bestselling novella, ‘The Man With The Dancing Eyes’, followed by a novel in 2007, ‘Playing With The Grownups’. She was a long term contributing editor at British Vogue, and has written for US Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, The Observer, The Guardian and The Times and served as a Orange Prize For Fiction judge.

A devoted home cook, she wrote ‘Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights’, in 2009 before writing/presenting ‘The Delicious Miss Dahl’ for BBC2.

In 2011 she wrote and presented a BBC2 documentary about Isabella Beeton, shortly after her second cook book, ‘From Season To Season’ was published.

Dahl is a contributing editor at Conde Nast Traveller, and in October 2019, the first of four children’s books, Madame Badobedah, is to be published by Walker Books. Dahl lives in the country with her husband, two young daughters, rescue dog, cats and tortoise.