I Thought I Knew You by Penny Hancock

'A standout novel that blends irresistible characters with an engaging plot' says Isabelle Broom (Woman & Home)

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Copy of Novel on table with Award

I Thought I Knew You


East Anglian Book of the Year
2019 Award

Penny Hancock is the author of novels Tideline, (a Richard and Judy Bookclub pick in 2012), The Darkening Hour, and A Trick of the Mind. She has also written widely on family and relationships for mainstream media including the Guardian, the Times, the Independent, and Psychologies magazine and has published several short stories.

Penny Hancock’s new book I Thought I Knew You, won the East Anglian Novel of the Year award 2019.

Published by Mantle (an imprint of Pan Macmillan) it is the story of the repercussions on two families of a shocking allegation. The novel asks how well we really know the people we love .

Penny says:

 I Thought I Knew You could be described as contemporary issue-based fiction (rather than crime/thriller as I’ve written before) and should appeal to reading groups in particular. I am hoping it will give rise to lively debate about the kind of issues that could affect any of us. It is set in the Fens and in London, places close to my heart. Thank you to my loyal readers for waiting so patiently for this book! 

A qualified teacher, Penny has taught from early primary to post graduate, and has recently been the Royal Literary Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

Penny is passionate about encouraging and teaching new writers. Do have a look at her Writing School page for information on her courses and mentoring schemes.

In addition to writing, Penny enjoys reading, psychology, swimming (the colder the water the better!) and bread making. She has three grown up children and lives just outside Cambridge.

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