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

Sophie Dahl began her working life as a teenaged fashion model, but writing was always her first love. She is the author of six books.

Her debut, an illustrated novella called The Man With The Dancing Eyes, was published by Bloomsbury in 2003. This was followed by a novel, Playing With The Grown-Ups, in 2007.

A devoted home-cook, her memoir of food, Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights, was published by Harper Collins in 2009, and a  prime-time BBC2 series, The Delicious Miss Dahl, based on recipes and stories from the book, aired the following year. In 2011, Sophie wrote and presented a BBC2 social history documentary about the Victorian domestic advisor Isabella Beeton, and her second cookbook, From Season To Season (Harper Collins), was published.

Sophie’s first book for children, Madame Badobedah, was published by Walker Books in October 2019.. Walker will publish her second book for children in the autumn of 2021.

Sophie was a contributing editor at British Vogue for ten years,  and has written non-fiction essays for US Vogue, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Sunday Times. She has judged the Women’s Prize for Fiction and Vogue’s Young Talent Contest. Sophie is a monthly columnist and contributing editor at House & Garden magazine. She is also an ambassador at Place2Be, a charity who provide mental health support and advocacy in schools across the UK.

She lives in the country with her husband and two daughters, rescue dog, cats and tortoise. When she was five she won an award for being  her swimming class’s, “Most enthusiastic swimmer”.