Alice O'Keeffe is a writer, critic and copywriter. Her debut novel, On the Up, will be published in November by Coronet.

She has been deputy editor of the Guardian's Saturday Review section, arts editor of the New Statesman, and arts correspondent for the Observer. She writes book reviews, opinion, interviews and features for publications including the Guardian, Observer and New Statesman. She wrote a weekly family column, Squeezed Middle, for the New Statesman, and has reported from all over the world, from China to Latin America. In 2009, she won an Amnesty International Media Award for founding and editing No Place for Children, the New Statesman's campaign against the detention of children for immigration reasons.