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After a shambolic Law degree, Victoria Owens worked in the book trade and as a legal executive.
She read English at the University of Bristol as a mature student and graduated with First Class Honours. PhD research on John Dryden’s 1697 translation of Virgil’s Aeneid followed; she submitted her thesis about ten days before her eldest daughter’s birth.
She began writing fiction in the mid-2000s and won the inaugural Jane Austen short story prize for ‘Jane Austen over the Styx’ which was published in The Lady and appears in the anthology Dancing with Mr Darcy edited by Sarah Waters (Honno, 2009).
Her novel Drawn to Perfection - which won the 2009 Yeovil Literary Prize under its previous title ‘Caelica’s Bridge’ - is published by Hookline.
She has recently transcribed and annotated four Notebooks of the engineer James Brindley, dating from 1755 – 1763.