Madeleine is an award winning writer of non-fiction and fiction. Her most recent book, Labours of Love, the Crisis of Care, published in 2020 was longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize. In 2016, Love of Country, a Hebridean Journey was shortlisted for the Saltire Book Prize. In addition she has written three other works of non-fiction. Her first novel, Island Song was published in 2019 and her second, Ceremony of Innocence will be published in July 2021. She was a columnist and associate editor on The Guardian until 2013, covering a wide range of political and social affairs and winning several awards for her journalism. She is an honorary fellow of Cardiff University and 2017-2019 she held an honorary research fellowship at Manchester University. She lives in East London with her family.