About me

My fascination with animals began when I was aged eight and a stray cat walked in the back door and decided to adopt me. As a child I wanted to be a writer and used to dictate stories to my mother and she’d type them up on an old borrowed typewriter. It wasn’t until I bought a laptop of my own a few years ago now that I decided to type them myself. 

I love gardening, being outdoors, art, calligraphy, wildlife and animals. I live in Dorset and share the space around my desk with my two dogs, Harry and Coco.


‘Sarah Lean weaves magic and emotion into beautiful stories.’ 

– Cathy Cassidy

‘Touching, reflective and lyrical.’ 

Culture Supplement, The Sunday Times

‘…beautifully written and moving. A talent to watch.’ 

The Bookseller

‘Sarah Lean’s miraculous writing will have you weeping one moment and rejoicing the next.’ 

Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan