En route to Amsterdam . . .

4 June 2015

After the excitements of the 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction at London's South Bank this week, I'm delighted to be allowed to go back to being a novelist myself. All my novels (and non fiction, plays and short stories, for that matter) publish first in the UK, but the first translated editions are almost always in Holland. So, by the time you're reading this, I'll be on my way to one of my favourite cities in the world – Amsterdam – for a few days of interviews, events, signings and socialisings. Dutch journalists are always so incredibly well briefed,

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The Taxidermist’s Daughter is on the CWA Historical Dagger Shortlist

26 May 2015

The shortlist for this year's CWA Dagger Awards was announced on the 15th, and we're all so pleased that The Taxidermist's Daughter has been shortlisted for the Endeavour Historical Dagger Award!  It's in great company, with Havana Sleeping by Martin Davies, Lamentation by C. J. Sansom, The Man from Berlin by Luke McCallin, The Seeker by S. G. MacLean, and The Silent Boy by Andrew Taylor.   The CWA Dagger Awards will be presented on 30th June this year in central London, marking the end of Crime Reading Month. Read all of the details, and see the rest of the shortlist on the CWA website.  

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Merci Beaucoup!

11 May 2015

Just a brief catch-up his week, to say a huge thank you to all readers who've tweeted or posted on FB or emailed about #Labyrinth10, taking the time to share your memories or reflections. I'm sorry I can't reply personally to everyone - I'm already hard at work on the next novel - but it means such a lot to know that the novel struck a chord, and all over the world. Do keep your FB comments coming and tweet your own photographs of Carcassonne (or yourself reading Labyrinth of course), including the hashtag #labyrinth10 - and we'll share the

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Ten Years On ….

5 May 2015

Thursday is Red Letter Day - no, not just the UK Election - but also the release of a new edition of Labyrinth to mark 2015 being the tenth anniversary of first publication. It seems both only yesterday, and many lifetimes ago, that I delivered a huge typescript to my publishers and sat back to wait.  Would they love it, hate it, not want it, not understand what I was trying to achieve?  I thought, at the time, that my nerves were to do with it being the first significant publishing deal I'd had and that, once I was more

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Here Comes Summer . . .

13 April 2015

There's always the sense, once the Easter holidays are over, that we're now on the way to summer. After a glorious week of research in Toulouse and Carcassonne – staying at the magnificent Hotel de la Cité – it's a shock to be back, thinking about previous books not the ones about to take shape. This week, I've an event with Erica Wagner on Thursday about The Taxidermist's Daughter, articles to write ahead of the 10th anniversary of the publication of Labyrinth and, tonight sees the announcement of the 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist. Check out the list

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