Her first book was a travel book, Dreams of the Peaceful Dragon, which was followed by a novel, The Quetzal Summer. Her third book, A Trip to the Light Fantastic,became one of the Independent’s Books of the Year.
Daughters of Britannia was published to great critical acclaim in 1999, reaching number two in the Sunday Times lists. It was adapted by Katie into a twenty part series for BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and has now sold 250,000 copies. It was followed by Courtesans, which has sold 90,000 copies to date.
Hickman has spent the last ten years working on a trilogy of historical novels set in seventeenth century Constantinople, Venice, London and rural Wiltshire. The first of these was The Aviary Gate, followed byThe Pindar Diamond. Between them they have been translated into 20 languages. The third and concluding novel, The House on Bishopsgate, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2016.
Hickman is a judge on 2015’s Dolman Standford’s prize for Travel Writing, and is included in the OUP Guide to Women Travellers, Wayward Women.
She lives in London with her two children.