Journalist & Author

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Holly started her career at the Sunday Times, before moving to the Daily Telegraph. During six years at the Telegraph, she was the Whitehall Editor and jointly ran the investigations team. She then moved to work on the Guardian's investigations team.

Holly has been nominated for a wide range of journalism prizes, winning awards for her work on stories including MPs’ Expenses at the Telegraph and the Panama Papers at the Guardian.

She has reported from a wide range of countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Libya, Jordan and Lebanon. As well as flying around the world on everything from Lynx helicopters to Air Force One, Holly also worked as an undercover journalist.

In 2008, she was the Laurence Stern Fellow, spending several months working at the Washington Post.



Holly's first novel - To The Lions - won the 2019 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger.

Her second book, The Dead Line, is out now. The Dead Line has been longlisted for the 2021 Steel Dagger.

Her third book, The Hunt and The Kill, is out in July. 

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To The Lions was published by Bloomsbury Raven in February 2019 and by Dutton, Penguin Random House in September 2019

The novel follows two investigative journalists as they chase a story across the world, from the glamour of St Tropez and the discretion of Geneva to the wild beauty of the Sahara.

The Crime Writers' Associations described To The Lions as "A deeply uncomfortable read which lingers long in the memory, this tautly plotted and timely thriller shines a light on the role of the journalist as witness or protagonist and asks devastating questions about the value of human life before culminating in a life-or-death chase through the desert to Libya. This is a highly accomplished debut that marks Watt out as a fresh and important voice."


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Holly's agent is Andrew Gordon at David Higham Associates

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