Countdown to The Taxidermist's Daughter

All Aboard The Taxidermy Tour Bus!

1 September 2014

Welcome to my wonderful new digital home. My new website has sprung to life just in time for us to announce the full list of intriguing events we have planned over the next few weeks to celebrate the publication of The Taxidermist’s Daughter.First stop is an exclusive pre-publication homecoming celebration at the Chichester Festival Theatre this Sunday and fittingly I’ll be celebrating The Taxidermist’s Daughter’s publication day, Thursday 11th September, with an evening of taxidermy at London’s Horniman Museum. For full details on where Connie the Crow and I will be landing over the next few weeks take a look

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The #taxidermyselfie Campaign Hits Edinburgh

29 August 2014

It's wrong to have favourites, but it's fair to say that I always, always enjoy enormously my visits to the Edinburgh International Book Festival. A packed tent for my event with Steven Gale about The Taxidermist's Daughter - even though there aren't books to buy just yet - and Steven even did a #taxidermyselfie on stage! The Authors' Yurt (a kind of green room) is just the place to run in to lots of old friends - Michael Morpurgo, Anne Donovan, James Runcie, John Boyne - as well as make new friends, such as Canadian novelist Joseph Boyden and the

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Edinburgh, Inverness (& Oswestry!) Here I Come …

18 August 2014

Last week, I had a fabulous (non book!) time interviewing two fantastic directors, Carrie Cracknell whose production of Medea is playing at the National Theatre in London - joined, also by designer Tom Scutt. Further south, in Chichester, I had the pleasure of talking to legendary American director, Gordon Greenberg. His version of Guys and Dolls is previewing at CFT now. As always, I was struck both with the passionate engagement and a touch of jealousy ... the collaboration, the ways in which designers, choreographers, directors, actors work together and as a team, makes the solitary life of a novelist

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The Taxidermist’s Daughter has arrived!

11 August 2014

I'm waiting - nervously - for the post to come. The advance book proofs of The Taxidermist's Daughter are on their way. It is, after all the work and planning and talking, the moment where people do start to read the novel. So I'm excited, but nervous too. It feels as if the countdown to publication on 11th September really has begun. It's my eighth work of fiction (eleventh book in all, taking non fiction into account) and the anticipation at first seeing the words you've written typeset and put down doesn't go away. It makes the events coming up

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7 July 2014

On 7th July 2005, the novel that was to change my life - Labyrinth - was published.  Today, exactly nine years later, we launch the pre-publication marketing & social media campaign for The Taxidermist’s Daughter. A real red letter day.  Tonight, finally, for a very short time, you can see the film we were making at the Booth Museum and on the Fishbourne Marshes. In London tonight, we'll be giving an exclusive preview of the film - directed by the brilliant Mark Rusher at Orion - and giving readers a glimpse into the novel itself.  I invite you to watch

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