Born in London in 1977, Francesca graduated from Cambridge University with a First Class degree in History.

She began her career as the host and writer (with her comedy partner Ania Dykczak) of television shows such as ‘Ania, Fran and a Kettle of Fish’ (Channel 5, 2001), ‘Show Me The Funny’ (Channel 4, 2002), ‘Bring It On’ (BBC1, 2003-4) and ‘Heroes of History’ (Channel 5, 2005).

Francesca is now a writer and historian. She is the author of ‘The Pineapple: king of fruits’ (2005), ‘The Woman’s Book: everything but the kitchen sink’ (2007), ‘Shapely Ankle Preferr’d: a history of the Lonely Hearts ad’ (2011), ‘How To Crack An Egg With One Hand: a pocketbook for the new mother’ (2011) and ‘How To Wear White: a pocketbook for the bride-to-be’ (2013).

She is married with three young children and divides her time between Los Angeles and London.

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