Sylvia Penton, our unlikely heroine, lives alone and dedicates herself to her job at the local university. On weekends, she volunteers at a hedgehog sanctuary because it gives her something to talk about on Mondays - and it makes people think she's nicer than she is.
Jane O’Connor is a former primary school teacher turned academic and writer. She was born and brought up in Surrey and lived in London until she moved to the West Midlands in her mid-thirties. Jane’s PhD was about child stars and she is now a Reader at Birmingham City University where she researches children’s experiences of celebrity, media and everyday life. Jane lives in Sutton Coldfield with her husband and two young sons in a house full of pirates, dinosaurs, superheroes and lots of books. She really likes all animals, especially hedgehogs. Needlemouse is her debut novel.