Ruth Mancini

I was born in South-West London and educated at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology (now Anglia Ruskin University) and London Guildhall University where I gained a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish and, later, a post-graduate diploma in Law. For several years I worked in the publishing industry before retraining as a lawyer and also writing the first draft of Swimming Upstream. My career as a lawyer took precedence over my writing career through the nineties and early 2000s. I was horrified by the many miscarriages of justice that had occurred in Britain during the seventies and eighties, and I found that I cared strongly about social justice and wanted to do something to help. I also discovered that writing was a powerful way of connecting with others and eventually found the time to pick up where I’d left off.

I now live in Oxfordshire with my husband and two children. I still practice as a criminal defence lawyer and juggle that with writing and raising the children. My eldest child was born with a severe learning disability, which means that he is also physically disabled (the two often go hand in hand) so it’s been tough! I’ve written about this, amongst other things, on my blog page if you’d like to know more.

Things I love: writing (of course!), long walks in the countryside, by the sea or around London, reading great books (women’s or psychological fiction – the kind of thing I write) and watching good movies – preferably accompanied by a bit of cheese and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc! To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is my favourite book and Thelma and Louise is my favourite movie. I love American movies generally and am fascinated with the American landscape and lifestyle as well as the people. But I also love the friendship between the two women in that film and the way they fight against injustice and chauvinism.

Swimming Upstream is my first novel and was published by Booktrope Publishing on 12 December 2013. The sequel, Swimming Home was published in November 2014.


  1. Nanci April 20, 2013 at 1:15 am .

    I really enjoyed reading “Swimming Upstream” and I am looking forward to reading the next Ruth Mancini novel.

  2. Bonnie May 22, 2013 at 3:21 am .

    I enjoyed reading this book. I have had several challenges in my life and have been a survivor with a happy ending.. I am looking forward to your next book

  3. Kimberly June 11, 2013 at 10:44 pm .

    Just finished reading “Swimming Upstream” and I really enjoyed it ! I would be interested in a sequel too . I loved all your characters and felt I could almost see them . It was a fun read and provocative at the same time. I made me feel,… and think. Good job !

    1. Ruth Mancini October 6, 2013 at 11:46 pm .

      Thanks so much Bonnie and Kimberly. I am so glad that you could relate to the characters and story. I too love books (and movies) that make me think and feel so I know where you are coming from there! The sequel is on its way…

  4. Norah June 25, 2014 at 5:58 am .

    Hi Ruth,
    I have passed the Butterfly Light Award to you. Visit my blog http://wp.me/p3O5Jj-hn for details.

    1. Ruth Mancini June 29, 2014 at 7:01 pm .

      Thanks Norah! I will check that out.

  5. Ana November 23, 2014 at 12:28 pm .

    I have just finished reading your book and it felt as though I was reading about my life. I never had the confidence to get up and go back to France to live but I wished that I had made choices based on love as opposed to fear.
    I have been deeply moved by this story and wish that I could go back in time but maybe I need to take a leaf out of Lizzie’s book.
    I admire you your own strength and courage.

  6. junewilliams7 September 3, 2015 at 9:16 pm .

    Will there be a sequel to ‘Swimming Home’? Lizzie deserves her own happy ending and true love.

    1. Ruth Mancini September 5, 2015 at 3:19 pm .

      Hi June
      I’m writing something new at the moment but I haven’t ruled out a sequel to Swimming Home. I have had an idea for a new story for some time and wanted to ‘let it out’! But you’re right that Lizzie has been through enough heartache.

  7. Marie Bateman October 3, 2016 at 10:48 pm .

    Hi Ruth, it’s Marie here.
    Well, what can I say?! the books are amazing! It was lovely bumping into you, and I was so happy to discover that you finally fulfilled your dream of becoming a writer. I was even happier for you to learn just how good you are at it.

    The autographed books were a lovely gift, thank you. I really enjoyed them! You got the court setting, the emotion, the psychology etc all spot on. I read them back to back – I can’t wait for the next book. There are so many good characters that you can now run with. Please let me know when the next ones out.

    I hope you and the boys are all well and that we will cross paths again ver soon. Let me know when you’re free for a coffee.


  8. Marie Bateman October 3, 2016 at 10:54 pm .

    p.s. I wanted to also say that I was moved by the storyline and you painted the picture perectly.
    You are a very smart, strong, kind and courageous woman and amazing mother.x

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