studied film at the London
College of printing and mixed
media at the Slade School of
Fine Art. She lives in London.
Her first novel, Sex
Education was published by
Bloomsbury UK in 2002 and,
according to one reviewer offers
'the most haunting portrayal of
the abusive power of
relationships in girls'
friendships since Atwood's
Cat's Eye'. Yellow is
her second novel and her first
to be published in the USA.
Visman says 'in a desperate rush to finish my first novel, Sex Education, I was confined to my study for over a week. Anxious to avoid any distractions, I got my food shopping delivered via the internet or my husband kindly went out and got supplies. I was beginning to get cabin fever but also experienced a strange resistance to the prospect of going outside and being part of the world again. It was very easy to stay in and have everything brought to me. I began to think about writing a book in which the main character never went outside her home for the duration of the story. That was the initial starting point for Yellow."
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