Laura Thompson attended stage school and at the age of sixteen won an exhibition to read English at Oxford. Her first book, THE DOGS: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF GREYHOUND RACING, won the Somerset Maugham Award. In her twenties she wrote extensively about sport and became a contributing editor to Esquire. She also wrote two books about horse racing: QUEST FOR GREATNESS, the story of her favourite racehorse Lammtarra, and NEWMARKET, a history of the town where she lived for some years.
In 2003 she wrote LIFE IN A COLD CLIMATE, a biography of Nancy Mitford, which is reissued in early 2015. This was followed by AGATHA CHRISTIE: AN ENGLISH MYSTERY, the first major biography of Christie for more than twenty years. In 2014 she wrote A DIFFERENT CLASS OF MURDER: THE STORY OF LORD LUCAN, for which she spoke to several significant new interviewees, most notably Lord Lucan's sister, and was given much previously unheard information including a solution to the forty-year-old mystery.
In 2004 Laura presented a BBC4 film BACK TO THE BARRE, about her return to ballet in adulthood, and has since appeared on various television and radio programmes.
Most recently she was the chief interviewee in a major documentary about Agatha Christie for Japanese NHK televison, and in September 2016 will be speaking in New York about the Mitford sisters. She is currently writing a crowd-funded memoir of her publican grandmother, THE LAST LANDLADY (Unbound), and will follow this with a re-examination of the famous 1922 Thompson-Bywaters murder case(Head of Zeus). Both books are projected to be published in 2017.