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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Moving Forward

7 November 2014

 Lots of events still to come for The Taxidermist's Daughter & The Mistletoe Bride collection - Steyning Bookshop next week, Blackwells the following week, then the West Sussex County Record Office and Waterstones Chichester in the first week of December. All details opposite. In the meantime, though, my thoughts are already starting to move towards the next book. I love the moment when ideas start to jostle and nudge for attention, the moment at which I start to swap all the books around on my bookshelf (removing Sussex maps and folklore, taxidermy manuals old and new) and replace them with

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All-Hallow’s Eve – Hallowe’en

31 October 2014

A special blog today to mark Halloween, the Vigil of All Saints' Day. A festival with Celtic associations too, in Ireland this is the first night of Samain (the end of Summer). As the sun goes down and bonfires are lit to mark the season, winter is thought to begin. However, in much of the UK today, the day has become celebrated as a time when witches and spirits and ghosts are abroad. The night when the boundaries between our world and the next are traditionally said to be less defined. Games like apple bobbing or love divining—with apple skins,

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Another Red Letter Day

23 October 2014

You wait for ages, then three come along at once ... Today - I'm thrilled to say - the beautiful paperback of The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales hits the shops. What with the fun of publication for The Taxidermist's Daughter in September and now this, it's been a busy Autumn.  Watch out for posters and a light-hearted piece from me in Sunday Times Style Magazine this Sunday. The third? Why, the beautiful new cover for The Winter Ghosts, of course.

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