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Emma Darwin is an English novelist who is the author of the historical fiction novels The Mathematics of Love (2006) and A Secret Alchemy (2008). She is the great-great-granddaughter of Charles and Emma Darwin.



Darwin was born and brought up in London. Her father is Henry Galton Darwin, a lawyer in the Foreign Office, son of Sir Charles Galton Darwin, grandson of Sir George Darwin, and great-grandson of Charles Darwin. Her mother Jane (née Christie) is an English teacher, so they spent three years commuting between London and Brussels. She has two sisters; Carola and Sophia (Sophia Katherine). The family spent many holidays on the Essex/Suffolk border, where much of her novel The Mathematics of Love is set.

She read Drama at the University of Birmingham, and she spent some years in academic publishing. But when she had two small children she started writing again, and eventually earned an MPhil in Writing at the University of Glamorgan, where her tutor was novelist and poet Christopher Meredith. The novel she wrote for the degree became The Mathematics of Love, which was sold to Headline Review, as the first of a two-book deal. Meanwhile, she had found the form of a research degree so fruitful that she is doing a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths' College, where her supervisor is Maura Dooley. Darwin now lives with her children in South East London, still surrounded by history: there was a Viking fort on the hill behind their house, and down the road is Eltham Palace.[1]

The Mathematics of Love was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Best First Book Award for the Europe and South Asia region.[2]


  • The Mathematics of Love London: Headline Review (3 Jul 2006) ISBN 0755330625 - paperback published in the UK March 8th 2007 ISBN 978-0755330645. Published in the US ISBN 978-0061140273
  • A Secret Alchemy London: Headline Review 13 Nov 2008 ISBN 075533065X


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