Emma Mosey grew up in Cheshire and considered herself a country girl, although that might be open to debate. She studied English at the University of Edinburgh and completed a Masters in creative writing at Royal Holloway in London. Her first novel, How To Be A Good Wife, was published in 2013 to significant critical acclaim. Dame Hilary Mantel regarded it as “an accomplished debut from a writer who shows insight and emotional power”.

Despite her literary success, since the publication of her second novel, The Last Photograph, in 2016, Emma’s career has taken a somewhat different path. Having never been what she refers to as a ‘real’ farmer before meeting her in-laws, she has now put down her pen and donned her wellies. Now, she is the co-owner of a free range poultry farm, where her 6,000 hens lay eggs to be sold in the farm shop, Minskip. She runs the business with husband Ben, including opening the first egg-centred restaurant on an egg-producing farm. In 2019 she and her team won three awards, including Best Rural Retail Business and Best Farm Shop. The same year, she also spoke at the Women in Farming Conference on her transition to farming life.

Read our blog about Women in Wellies – why more women should consider a career in farming.

Where to find Emma:

Website – https://minskipfarmshop.com

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/minskipfarmshop/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/minskipfarmshop/

Emma writes under her maiden name, Emma Chapman, and you can find her work here: http://emmajchapman.com