Tilly Bagshawe

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Tilly Bagshawe
BornMatilda Emily Mary Bagshawe
(1973-06-12) 12 June 1973 (age 50)
London, England, United Kingdom
Pen nameTilly Bagshawe
OccupationJournalist, writer
Genre Chick-lit
SpouseRobin Nydes
Relatives Louise Mensch (sister)

Matilda Emily Mary "Tilly" Bagshawe [1] [2] (born 12 June 1973) is a British freelance journalist and author. She is best known for her books in the vein of best-selling American author Sidney Sheldon, notably Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game and Sidney Sheldon's After the Darkness .


Life and work

Born on 12 June 1973 in Lambeth Hospital, London, [3] Bagshawe is one of three daughters born to Nicholas Wilfrid Bagshawe and his wife, Daphne Margaret (née Triggs). [4] Her father is from the Bagshawe family of Roman Catholic gentry. They originally hailed from Wormhill Hall, near Buxton, Derbyshire, and Oakes-in-Norton, near Sheffield. [5] [6] Her great-grandfather was the marine artist Joseph Ridgard Bagshawe, who was himself grandson of one of the 19th century's most renowned marine artists, Clarkson Stanfield, [7] and a nephew of Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, Catholic Bishop of Nottingham. Her paternal grandmother, Mary Frideswide, was the daughter of Charles Robertson, a stockbroker and benefactor of St Philip's Priory, Begbroke and one of the co-founders of Westminster Cathedral. [8] Her older sister is Louise Mensch, a chick lit author and former Conservative Member of Parliament. She has another sister Alice and a brother, James. [9]

She was educated at Woldingham School, Surrey, and while there, she became pregnant. At seventeen, she was a single mother of a daughter, Persephone (Sefi), but she finished her studies and at the age of eighteen, she went up to St John's College, Cambridge, with her ten-month-old daughter in tow.[ citation needed ]

Married to Robin Nydes, a US businessman, she lives between homes in London and Los Angeles, with three children. Now a freelance journalist and novelist, Bagshawe is a regular contributor to The Sunday Times , Daily Mail and other British publications.[ citation needed ]



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  10. "Bagshawe to write pen-name 'cosy crime' for Trapeze". The Bookseller.