Meet Penny Batchelor and her novel My Perfect Sister


Penny Batchelor is an alumna of the Faber Academy online ‘Writing a Novel’ course.

She is a freelance journalist, a former BBC content producer and website editor for various educational institutions, and lives in Warwickshire with her husband. 

My Perfect Sister

How can you ever live up to the memory of someone you hardly remember? 

A missing sister.

A bedroom kept as a shrine. 

A dark family secret.

When Annie returns to care for her mother she's faced with the ghosts from her past.

Long-held secrets surrounding her older sister Gemma's disappearance in 1989 remain buried in her childhood house. Does a faded photograph in her sister's room hold the key to the past?

Desperate for clues, she delves deeper in search of the truth. But is it safer to be kept in the dark? Annie is about to find out ...

Longlisted for The Guardian's Not The Booker Prize 2020.

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