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Biography

Karen Liebreich, best known for The Letter in the Bottle, is an author, historian, gardener and film-maker. Studied history at UCL, the European University Institute in Florence and Cambridge University. While researching for her doctorate she discovered documents that resulted in the paedophile priest exposé, Fallen Order. She worked as the cultural assistant for the French Institute in London (in at the deep end of gallic culture). Then worked for the BBC, making TV documentaries on European historical themes including prize-winning documentaries on Nazis, silent cinema and the Royal Navy for the BBC and then for the History Channel. When her children were very young she founded (and subsequently sold) a successful business, the Baby Directory. Between 2005-2009 she ran a community garden, which led her to write The Family Kitchen Garden. When a friend found an unsigned bottle on the beach with a beautiful letter in side, she wrote The Letter in the Bottle. She now runs Abundance London with Sarah Cruz, while writing the next book… She was awarded an MBE for services to horticulture and education in 2013.