Sarah Haywood was born in Birmingham. She studied Law at Kent University and Chester College of Law, then worked as a trainee solicitor in London.

After qualification, she moved to Liverpool, working first as a solicitor, then as an advice worker with Citizens Advice. She subsequently joined the Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman, where she investigated complaints about lawyers. 

Sarah completed an Open University Creative Writing Course, followed by an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. She lives in Liverpool with her husband and two sons.

Sarah is currently working on her second novel.

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There’s no better feeling than spotting your book as soon as you enter a bookshop in your home city. Really delighted to see The Cactus on the front table in Foyles in Birmingham (where I grew up and where much of the book is set). I love #Birmingham. I love @Foyles.

Very happy to see #TheCactus is one of @BestMagOfficial’s best books for November, in the ‘Heart-warmers’ category. Their advice is to read it if you loved a certain very popular novel