Alice McVeigh


Novelist, playwright, book editor, ghost writer




Alice McVeigh was born in South Korea, of American diplomatic parents, and lived in Southeast Asia until she was 13, when the family returned to the suburbs of Washington D.C. She then began to play the cello, winning, among others, the Beethoven Society of Washington cello competition, as well as being selected as a finalist in the National Music Teachers Association Young Soloists competition and the National Symphony of Washington Young Concert Artists award. She achieved a B.Mus with distinction in performance at Jacobs Indiana University School of Music, and spent three years in London studying cello performance with William Pleeth. During that time she married Professor Simon McVeigh, of the University of London. She then worked with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic and Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique all over the UK, the EU, America and the Far East.

Alice had written fiction all her life, but never attempted publication until the late 1990s when her first two novels (While the Music Lasts and Ghost Music) were published by Orion Publishing, London, and her first play (Beating Time) in 2003 by New Theatre Productions. Alice started professional editing by editing her husband’s first major book, Concert Life in London from Mozart to Haydn, published by Cambridge University Press. Since then she has been in constant demand as a book editor and, more occasionally, ghost writer.

The McVeighs have one daughter, Rachel, who is studying Chinese at the University of Oxford, and a second home in Crete. When not working, Alice is most likely to be found smiting fuzzy yellow tennis balls, playing string quartets or reading novels by the Mediterranean Sea.