About Leela Dutt

I'm an outsider - raised in Golders Green by an Indian father and a Danish mother, I've lived all my adult life in Cardiff, Wales.

After studying history at Oxford, I was briefly a teacher before selling dress fabrics in a snooty up-market Cardiff store whose male manager complained about my untidy appearance - well, I was pregnant at the time but all the same... I wrote for a local paper and later after a degree in computing I set up and managed an online database about housing research. I was a proof-reader and sub-editor for the Big Issue Cymru and wrote several book reviews for them.

I have loved travelling all my life. We lived in Nigeria and Kenya with small children, and the places I’ve been to since – from Beijing to California, Lesotho to Reykjavik – have inspired my writing. Long after my father’s death we took all our children to visit his home in Kolkata, where his family had lived for three centuries. I also delight in keeping up with the younger generation of my late mother’s family in Copenhagen. 

I’ve been married to the philosopher Robin Attfield for over 50 years and we now share this website. We have seven grandchildren, of whom six survive, and one great-granddaughter Zara, who now appears in the Gallery of this website.

Read my blog.

Read a Smashwords interview with me here.

Books Book Reviews

I've written novels about the Peace Movement in the 1980s (Rubik's Cube), artificial intelligence and the twentieth-century history of an Indian family and a German-Jewish family (Mathison) as well as short stories about Quakers (Kingfisher Blue). My latest novel, Only a Signal Shown draws on my wide experience of travelling the world.

nEW: now you can read the opening chapter of my latest novel by clicking here:


I've also included a couple of very different short stories on this website: CELEBRATION is about a Quaker celebrating her 90th birthday, set in 1996 and published in KINGFISHER BLUE, and AMBITION which is a collection of letters from a pair of (lovable?) rogues...  

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For details on the contemporary fiction books I have published, please get in touch.