Joan Smith is a novelist, columnist and campaigner for human rights. She is the author of the feminist classic Misogynies, the Loretta Lawson crime series and the thriller What Will Survive as well as non-fiction on food, secular morality and the monarchy. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, Daily Telegraph, The Times, Independent, Sunday Times and the Labour weekly Tribune. Since 2013 she has been co-chair of the Mayor of London's Violence Against Women and Girls Board. She is a former Chair of the English PEN Writers in Prison Committee and has advised the FCO on freedom of expression. Currently, she is on the board of the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society, is a patron of Humanists UK and an honorary associate of the National Secular Society. She lives in London.