Laura Thompson attended stage school and at the age of sixteen won an exhibition to read English at Oxford. Her first book, THE DOGS: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF GREYHOUND RACING, won the Somerset Maugham Award. In her twenties she wrote extensively about sport and became a contributing editor to Esquire. She also wrote two books about horse racing: QUEST FOR GREATNESS, the story of her favourite racehorse Lammtarra, and NEWMARKET, a history of the town where she lived for some years.
In 2003 she wrote LIFE IN A COLD CLIMATE, a biography of Nancy Mitford, which is reissued in early 2015. This was followed by AGATHA CHRISTIE: AN ENGLISH MYSTERY, the first major biography of Christie for more than twenty years. In 2014 she wrote A DIFFERENT CLASS OF MURDER: THE STORY OF LORD LUCAN, for which she spoke to several significant new interviewees, most notably Lord Lucan’s sister, and was given much previously unheard information including a solution to the forty-year-old mystery.
In 2004 Laura presented a BBC4 film BACK TO THE BARRE, about her return to ballet in adulthood, and has since appeared on various television and radio programmes. Most recently she was the main interviewee on ITV’S PERSPECTIVES, a documentary about Agatha Christie presented by David Suchet, and featured in Radio 3’s FREE THINKING festival discussing her Lord Lucan book.
This year she will be writing two books, taking lots of ballet classes and trying very hard to become a vegan.