Abi Silver

Abi Silver

The Pinocchio Brief and Beyond...


Leeds born Abi Silver will be talking about growing up in Leeds and how her legal background and other life experiences shaped her writing of The Pinocchio Brief, her acclaimed debut novel (a legal thriller with an AI twist), which was published by Lightning Books in July 2017.


I cannot remember a time when I was not writing stories.  Growing up with a house full of books (my parents were teachers), I was inspired from an early age to believe I could join the ranks of my heroes.  But I accept that I probably could not have produced “The Pinocchio Brief” a legal thriller, with an AI twist, without my experience as a lawyer to guide me along the way.

Being a lawyer is just like being a detective.  You are often required to construct the whole jigsaw puzzle of your client’s case from its constituent pieces.  And you need to be a good judge of character too; the motivation behind people’s actions (which you must glean from their words and conduct) is key to understanding what really happened and why.

I was a pupil of Brodetsky Primary, Morris Silman and Roundhay School Leeds, and went on to read Law at Girton College Cambridge before wanderlust sent me off travelling through Asia, Australia and South America as a student.  I also lived overseas in Ra’anana, Israel for 5 years, during which time I learned sculpting, pottery on the wheel and began and completed an MBA.

I have spent the last 25 years (off and on) as a commercial litigator working both in private practice and in-house.

I now live in Radlett, Hertfordshire with my husband and three sons.  The peaceful village setting and warm community gives me ample opportunity to write.  I usually have at least three plot lines going on in my head at one time and ideas come to me at the strangest of moments.  The skill, of course, is to select the one which will work best and then sit down to write.