Harriet is a freelance fashion journalist who has worked with Marie Claire, ELLE, and InStyle, while moonlighting as a copy-editor and proofreader for YA publishers. Her debut time-travel-quantum-physics-romance The Square Root of Summer was inspired by her German mathematician grandfather and a lifelong obsession with YA romance. This includes hijacking her fashion journalism master’s thesis to write about the 1990s teen television canon, from Dawson’s Creek to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and an undergraduate dissertation on romantic comedies at Newcastle University. She lives with her cat, Stanley, worships Gwyneth Paltrow, Tindersticks and Joan Didion, and Instagrams too many tacos.
The Square Root of Summer: Last summer, Gottie’s life fell apart. Her beloved grandfather Grey died and Jason left her – the boy to whom she lost her virginity (and her heart) – and he wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral! This summer, still reeling from twin heartbreaks, Gottie is lost and alone and burying herself in equations. Until, after five years absence, Thomas comes home: former boy next door. Former best friend. Former everything. And as life turns upside down again she starts to experience strange blips in time – back to last summer, back to what she should have seen then. During one long, hazy summer, Gottie navigates grief, world-stopping kisses and rips in the space-time continuum, as she tries to reconcile her first heartbreak with her last.