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English graduate's career takes thrilling turn

Tara Lyons

I didn’t appreciate how much that degree would open my eyes. My reading options were endless and the support was phenomenal.

Tara, Alumni

English BA - 2008

From UK

Just two years after writer Tara Lyons took her first stab at crime fiction, the Brunel alumna has won a publishing deal with Bloodhound Books, attracted rave reviews, and is now set to release her fourth novel. In 2016 the English graduate (2008), penned her debut solo novel – In the Shadows – together with The Caller and Web of Deceit, written in partnership with New York Times bestselling author M.A. Comley. Tara said she instantly loved Brunel. “I studied English because I loved reading. At only 18, it’s sometimes hard to know what you want to do for the rest of your life, so I decided to continue studying a subject I knew I’d enjoy for three years. I didn’t appreciate how much that degree would open my eyes. My reading options were endless and the
support was phenomenal.” With the help of her tutor, Tara secured a work placement on a retail company’s in-house magazine. She went on to work for the publication for eight years after graduation as a writer then editor, before turning to creative writing.

In the Shadows was well received by readers and critics, with dozens of Amazon reviewers awarding the book five stars, describing it as ‘a fantastic debut’ and ‘one hell of a read’.