I write about the assumptions and attitudes that surround sickness and health, and how we choose to treat and think about our bodies – something that’s fascinated me since I first got hold of my mother’s medical dictionary and read it in secret because it wasn’t considered suitable for a child. I’m now researching my next non-fiction book as well as covertly writing a novel based on my research in the history of medicine. My historical biography of the extraordinary life of the Egyptologist Pum Gayer-Anderson, The Irish Pasha, has now launched on www.unbound.co.uk have a look and do pledge! All That Matters: Sexuality (Hodder & Stoughton) is out on 28 November.