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Laura Noakes grew up in a home full of books. She loved learning so much she went to three universities after school, and graduated with a PhD in Legal History in 2021. Writing stories is her first love.  She has Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder, a disability that she shares with her main character, Cosima. Laura now lives in beautiful Bedfordshire with her husband, Connor, and their two mischievous cats, Scout & Sunny. Her debut book, Cosima Unfortunate Steals a Star, was published by Harper Collins on May 25th 2023 and the sequel, Cosima Unfortunate Foils a Fraud, is due to be published on June 6th 2024.

Author photo taken by Luna Louise Photography

fun facts about me

I know that students are sometimes set homework to find out more about authors so here is a little more about me!

  • I was born on April 23rd, which is St Georges' Day and also William Shakespeare's birthday (and death day!). I like to think that means writing was fated to be my job.

  • I'm absolutely hopeless at spelling, grammar and punctuation.

  • My all time favourite books are Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery and Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. Some of my favourite authors are Robin Stevens, Katherine Rundell, Kiran Millwood Hargrave and J. T. Williams.

  •  Like Cos, I also have Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD), which means I deal with joint dislocations, chronic pain, brain fog and fatigue. To find out more about my disability by head to the Ehlers-Danlos Support UK website.

  • I love animals, and am definitely a cat person! I have two cats. Scout is a fish-stick loving jewellery magpie who loves chasing bugs in our garden, and Sunny likes silent meowing, post-dinner zoomies and waking me up with a purr-filled cuddle.

  • I've always wanted to be a writer, but I first started writing down stories when I was 17 and I never stopped.

  • Other things I adore: reading on a rainy day, museums, badly embroidering, colourful nails, earl grey tea, collecting pretty notebooks, libraries, bright lipstick and gardening.

  • Like Cos, I firmly believe in the healing power of cake.


A throwback photo: reading with my little brother.

My best friend and husband, Connor, on our wedding day


My two cats: Scout (calico) and Sunny (black and white).


An example of my bad embroidery.

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