Taking Stock

26 January 2015

After a few weeks away from social media, I'm gently starting to get going for 2015.  A few tweets, mostly of the places I've been or that inspire me, and this is the first Blog of the New Year.   I've been planning the year to come, a mixture of scheduling events and research, blocking out time for writing, seeing how I'd like to organise the Spring, the Summer and the Autumn. A few decisions:  first, with writing, a change is as good as a rest, so although I'm now deep in research for the next series of novels, the next

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Goodbye to All That . . .

15 December 2014

This is the final blog I'll be writing for 2014. Last Friday, I had the last TTD event – at the British Library in London with the wonderful author and classicist Natalie Haynes – and so I'm free to empty my mind of taxidermy (at least until the paperback comes out) and concentrate on research for the next series of novels. I'd like to take the chance, here, therefore to thank all of my readers for their support, interest, lovely comments, emails and tweets over the course of 2014. I'd like, of course, also to thank the wonderful high street

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December is . . .

5 December 2014

. . . the beginning of research for the new sequence of novels. Today, I'm leaving behind the cold and mist of the UK for a hotter climate, notebook and pen in hand. Camera too, not for tourist snaps but so that I can remember everything I see. You never know what will spark the imagination or what will turn out, in the end, to be nothing useful. However, once I'm back, there's one final event in The Taxidermist's Daughter tour. On Friday 12th December at 6.30pm - at the wonderful British Library in London - I will be in

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No rest for the wicked . . .

21 November 2014

For the next few weeks I'll be out and about talking about The Taxidermist's Daughter, signing books and hopefully meeting lots of you in person. Do come along and say hello! Friday 21 November - Literary Dinner in aid of St Peter’s Project I'm delighted to be attending the St. Peter’s Project’s Literary Dinner in aid of the St Peter Project in Fishbourne. The St Peter Project has been working tirelessly to raise funds to build a modern church hall on land adjacent to the church and have almost achieved their target. Tuesday 25 November - Talk and Signing Blackwells, Oxford Join me for

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Clearing the Mind . . .

14 November 2014

In these in-between times between writing and promoting, then starting work on a new book, there's often a different pattern of life.  For me, that means catching up on all of my non fiction reading that's gone out of the window while I'm writing a novel - this week, I've read Richard Eyre's wonderful collection of essays What Do I Know? Atul Gawande's thought provoking personal reflection, Being Mortal, on the ways in which medicine lets us down in our twilight years and have a copy of Samuel Johnson prize winner H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald ready on

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