Biography

eve_2EDUCATION AND TRAVEL

Eve Bonham was born in southern England and went to school in the Midlands. After gaining an MA in English Language and Literature in Ireland at Trinity College Dublin, she trained as a language teacher and went to Thailand for two years to teach in Bangkok. While living in South East Asia she explored Laos and Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Burma and then spent many months backpacking alone in Nepal, India, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey, finally making her way home to Britain. Other overland travel has included traversing the USA and Canada by bus, journeying around South America, and studying art whilst wandering round Italy. More recently she has visited Australia, Africa and Patagonia.

eve_auctionBUSINESS CAREER

After her return to the UK from the Far East, Eve completed a Business Management course and joined Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers, and became, at that time, London’s only woman auctioneer. After a few years in the auction business whilst living in Chelsea, she moved on to public relations work, teaching adult literacy and marketing Italian jewellery. After moving to Wiltshire, she switched to framing pictures, wholesaling knitwear and running a boutique in Bath. Eve then took up professional lecturing, and freelance journalism. Returning to London, she became the UK Campaign Organiser for the 1987 UN International Year of Shelter for the Homeless. For some years, Eve has been a non-executive Director of a London property investment company. She took up writing fiction after her children left school in 2006 and has been working as an author since then.

WRITING AND BOOKS

Book signing Waterstones in 2011Her writing has included articles in fine art publications, sailing journals and other magazines. Eve is a dedicated letter writer, has scribbled in diaries for years, invented tall stories for her children and told tales throughout her life. She is the author of many short stories and her first book was a collection: Madness Lies and Other Stories, published in 2008. A second book, a novel entitled: To the End of the Day, was published in 2011, with a Polish edition in 2012 and an eBook in 2013. Her new book The Lost Journey Homeward was published by Onwards and Upwards Publishers in June 2015, in hardback, paperback and as an eBook. She continues to write short stories and one is included in an anthology. Since October 2013 she has published Flash Fiction – stories of 500 words or less – on her blog. These can now be read on this website. She still writes occasional articles in magazines. She is currently researching and working on her next book, a novel to be set in Dorset.

eve_4SAILING

Eve has been a competitive swimmer, did athletics at university, played squash and done mountain trekking. Most of all she has messed about in boats. As a child she learnt to sail a dinghy, moved on to yacht racing off the Isle of Wight and then took part in Ocean Races, sailing with Clare Francis in the Round Britain Race and in the 1977/8 Whitbread Round the World Race. Eve competed in a Transatlantic Race in 1981 sponsored by British Telecom, and in other races, including the 1983 Azores Race when she took her mother as crew! In 1989 Eve and Michael and their young family sailed away for a year in their wooden boat to the Canaries and across the Atlantic to the West Indies, and back again via the Azores. During succeeding years there were further sailing odysseys to the Mediterranean, the Baltic, the Caribbean, to Venezuela, and the Atlantic coasts of America and Canada.

eve_5FAMILY LIFE

After her marriage, Eve and her family left England to live in a Breton village. After 14 delightful years in France the family returned to England. They now live in rural Dorset and Eve and husband both work from home. They are still messing about in boats along the south coast. A few years ago Eve became a Christian and this has profoundly altered her views on life and eternity. Her faith, her family and friends have first call on her time and love, and writing is her passion. Other activities include planting trees, collecting art, painting watercolours, befriending the lonely, watching people and reading good books.

CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS

Eve is proud to be a Patron of Words for the Wounded, a charity which raises money for the rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and women via writing prizes and donations.

She is a member of the Society of Authors, the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, the Sherborne Literary Society, The Royal Cruising Club, The Ocean Cruising Club, The Guernsey Yacht Club, The International Association of Cape Horners, and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Pewterers and a Freeman of the City of London.