Polly is a writer and award-winning documentary-maker. She spent
fifteen years in television, producing and directing documentaries for the BBC,
Channel Four and the Discovery Channel. Subjects she tackled on film
include: war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, conspiracy theories surrounding
9/11, the economics of organised crime, political terrorism in Europe and Latin
America, the science of cryptography, the love life of the first Duke of
Wellington and a history of the Bible.
Polly left the BBC in 2009 to write her first widely-acclaimed book, The Society of Timid Souls: or How to be Brave, which won a RSL/Jerwood Award, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and was a Sunday Times Book of the Year. Her second book, Risk Wise – Nine Everyday Adventures was written in conjunction with Alain de Botton and The School of Life, where Polly is a faculty member. Her third book, Metamorphosis: How and Why We Change, was widely praised. Polly's latest book, A Fortunate Woman, was published earlier this year by Picador.
Agent: Patrick Walsh