Madeleine is currently working on a non fiction title, Labours of Love to be published by Granta in 2020. The work explores the cultural crisis around the most essential of human activities, care. Her first novel is published on April 4th 2019 and she is working on her second.
She was born in North Yorkshire, one of five children of artist parents. She studied history at Corpus Christi, Cambridge and Harvard, US. She joined the Guardian in 1989 and held a number of positions including reporter, leader writer, religious affairs editor, and for twelve years 2000-2012, she was a columnist. She wrote about a wide range of subjects including Islam, faith, global development, politics and social change.
She has received a number of awards and prizes including an honorary fellowship from Cardiff University in 2013, a visiting fellowship at Manchester University (2016-19). Love of Country was shortlisted for the Wainright and the Saltire Prizes 2017, and she won the Portico Prize for The Plot in 2010 which was also shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize. She was awarded a Lambeth MA degree in 2006, The Race in the Media award in 2005 and the Imam wa Amal Special Award in 2002. She has won several One World Media awards for her journalism on global justice.