Sarah Vaughan was brought up in Devon and read English at Brasenose College, Oxford. She always wanted to write fiction but believed she had to become a serious news reporter first.
After learning shorthand and media law at journalism college, she joined the Press Association and was soon door-stepping celebrities and reporting on IRA bomb blasts. Within two years, she moved to the Guardian, where she spent 11 years as a news reporter, health correspondent and political correspondent.
In 2008, she went freelance. But it wasn’t until her youngest child started school that she began in earnest on her novel. The Art of Baking Blind was published in July 2014 by Hodder and Stoughton; in the US, by St Martin’s Press; and in eight other territories. The Farm at the Edge of the World was published by Hodder in June 2016.
Her third novel, Anatomy of a Scandal, was published by Simon & Schuster in both the UK and US in January 2018 and was a top 5 Sunday Times bestseller and one of Richard and Judy’s top dozen novels of the decade. Developed by the team behind Big Little Lies, Anatomy of a Scandal will be on Netflix in 2022 as a TV series starring Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery and Rupert Friend. Little Disasters, a Waterstone’s thriller of the month, was published in April 2020 and has also been optioned as a TV series. Her fifth novel, Reputation, will be published on 3 March 2022.
She lives just outside Cambridge with her husband and two young children.