Questions & Answers

Are any of Sasha’s (in Scandalous) experiences at Cambridge University based on your own memories of studying there?


Well, none of my tutors ever came on to me, if that’s what you mean! But yes, generally speaking, I based a lot of  the Cambridge scenes on my own experiences there, which were magical. I will never forget the feeling of arriving at Cambridge for the first time, the wonder and awe of it all. I was seventeen and pregnant when I applied to St John’s College. Without their support, both financial and emotional, my life and my daughter’s life would no doubt have turned out very differently. I think people generally have a lot of misconceptions about Cambridge, that it is snobby and elitist and unfriendly. That was certainly not my experience.