Karen Powell was born in Rochester, Kent. She left school at 16 but returned to education as a mature student to study English Literature at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She lives in York with her husband and daughter.
“Consistently elegant and absorbing, The River Within is a supremely accomplished first work...This is a novel whose shimmering surface conceals hidden depths.”
— Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dec 18 2020
“The River Within contains multitudes; it’s a fresh look at the pressures our caste systems place upon all of us, no matter where we come from.”
— Los Angeles Times, Nov 25 2020
★ “[Karen Powell’s] novel about love, class, and secrecy in 1950s England reads as if it were written in the era the characters inhabit, her style and tone reminiscent of...Shirley Hazzard and Graham Greene. A mesmerizing escape.”