Vicky Newham




Author biography


Vicky grew up on the south coast of England in a village outside Chichester in West Sussex. At seventeen, she swapped green fields and mud for the city, and studied French and German in London. After working in sales and fundraising, and running various successful businesses, she obtained a Psychology degree. In 2002, she began teaching GCSE/A-level Psychology in Stepney, East London and moved to East Ham shortly after that.

Vicky left full-time teaching in 2012 and began an MA Creative Writing at Kingston University. She moved to Whitstable in 2013 and has made her home there. She still teaches Psychology, but focusses her days on writing and creative projects.

Professional qualifications are:

•    BA (Hons) French and German from Polytechnic of North London
•    BSc (Hons) Psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London
•    Qualified Teacher Status
•    MA Effective Learning from the Institute of Education, University of London
•    MA Creative Writing (with distinction) from Kingston University



Vicky has written for as long as she can remember. As a child she adored writing letters, and her love of reading soon prompted her to start writing stories. At school, college and university, she enjoyed writing essays. In her teens and twenties, she took courses in journalism and feature writing but never tried to get anything published. Her writing was always very psychological well before she studied the subject formally.

Vicky began a few novels while she was teaching but wasn’t sure what she wanted to write, and found it hard to fit much else round full-time teaching. It was when she read Case Histories by Kate Atkinson and Little Face by Sophie Hannah that she saw a way to use fiction to explore the psychology of violence, and this decided her on the crime fiction genre. She completed her first crime novel in 2013 when she was doing her creative writing MA and began her second (the one which became Turn a Blind Eye) for her dissertation project in 2014.


The DI Rahman series

Turn a Blind Eye is the first in the DI Rahman series of novels. Published by HQ/HarperCollins, it is a contemporary police procedural, set in the Tower Hamlets borough of East London. It combines the mystery and investigation elements of a traditional procedural with an exploration of life in this part of London. DI Maya Rahman is a British Bangladeshi, whose family came to the UK in 1982 and settled in Brick Lane. When the book opens, DS Dan Maguire has just joined Maya’s CID team as a fast-track officer from Australia. Vicky drew on her experience of living and working in East London, and visiting Australia, to develop the characters in Turn a Blind Eye. She built the plot from real life events that she heard and read about, and ones she witnessed. All of these have been modified and fictionalised.

The second book in the series, Out of the Ashes, will be published in May 2019.