Menna van Praag was born in Cambridge, England and studied Modern History at Oxford University. Her first novella, called Men, Money & Chocolate, was an autobiographical tale about a waitress who aspires to be a writer - it has been translated into 26 languages. She has written five works of magical realism set among the colleges, cafes and bookshops of Cambridge.
Her debut fantasy novel The Sisters Grimm was sold at auction to Transworld (UK) and Voyager (US) and will be published in Spring 2020. A tour de force of the imagination, it tells the story of four sisters who were born to different mothers on the same day. Now young women, they neither know each other, nor the father they share, but each understands that they came into being as a result of “bright-white wishing and black-edged desire”. It has been compared to Beautiful Creatures, Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Stardust, and is a magical – at times darkly disturbing – tale of life, death and sisterhood. Two sequels will follow.