One Week until All the Good Things is let loose on the UK & some events…

Today was a good day. Not only was it ridiculously sunny, but finished copies of All the Good Things arrived. I carried them back from the post office with a big silly grin on my face which, even after I’d got home & hung out the washing, refused to go away. I guess that’s what … More One Week until All the Good Things is let loose on the UK & some events…

Behold the Cover

One of the most common questions about my book is, so will you be designing the cover? The answer is no. And thank god for that! The cover has been designed by – lo and behold! – and designer. And a very fine cover it is, too (not that I’m biased). This plus the fact … More Behold the Cover

On Reading in 2016

This year was a strange year if ever there was one and I doubt I’d have made it through without reading. Sometimes – and we all know there have been a lot of crazy times – I read because I didn’t know what else to do or, simply, to escape. Yet the thing about good writing … More On Reading in 2016

From Agent to Book Deal: My Journey to Publication (Part Two)

I’m writing this as a diversion from writing what I hope will turn into my second novel. I say ‘writing’; it’s more like walking in the dark with your hands out in front of you, sometimes stumbling into holes, occasionally running, but mostly just trudging forward, one word at a time. It doesn’t feel so … More From Agent to Book Deal: My Journey to Publication (Part Two)

From Word Document to Book: My Journey to Publication (part one)

This time in eight or so months, my debut novel ALL THE GOOD THINGS will be published by Viking / Penguin UK. It will be a real, hold-able, sniffable, drop-in-the-bathable book. This time a year or so ago, it was a very long Word Document. It was a very long Word Doc on my laptop … More From Word Document to Book: My Journey to Publication (part one)

Book Club Interviews: A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray

For July’s book at the Hyde Park Book Club book club, I chose A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray. Having wanted to read this book since it was published to great acclaim a few years back, then having the pleasure of hearing Carys speak at the Leeds Big Bookend festival in June, this seemed like a … More Book Club Interviews: A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray