Hannah Richell was born in England. After graduating from the University of Nottingham, she worked in the book publishing and film industries. She now lives with her husband and two young children in Sydney, Australia.
Before Hannah Richell became a writer, she worked for 10 years in the publishing industry. She emigrated to Australia from the UK in 2005, and spent two years working for Universal Pictures in Sydney. She began to write in early 2008 while on maternity leave, and the result was her first novel, SECRETS OF THE TIDES, which was picked for the 2012 Richard & Judy Book Club, the Waterstones Book Club and was shortlisted for the Australian Independent Bookseller Best Debut Fiction Award, ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year (2013) and ABIA Newcomer of the Year (2013). Her second novel is THE SHADOW YEAR, published in 2013.
Hannah became an Australian citizen in 2010 but still returns to England whenever possible, to visit family and enjoy the green grass of home.