It’s a tricky business, telling your boss that you want to write a novel. I was a two-year qualified associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer when I spoke to the partners about the possibility of taking unpaid leave. I explained, somewhat nervously, that I wanted to finish a manuscript I’d been working on since qualifying as a solicitor. Then I sat back and waited for the P45.

Luckily for me, it didn’t come. The people I work for were supportive and helped facilitate a six-month break from law. It inevitably sounds trite, but for as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to write a novel. I wrote bits and pieces at school, all of which (fingers crossed) have been successfully destroyed.