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Remember, Remember . . . my desk!

16 November 2015

Sorry to have been off the radar for a while.  The combination of a writing deadline, lots of book events in the UK and Europe - and the twentieth anniversary of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction - meant that my desk became a distant memory. It's the modern day curse of all writers, the fact that you find yourself spending more time talking about writing than you do actually, er, writing . . . After a wonderful weekend at the Lavenham Literary Festival, the next week or so brings a few more diary dates - tomorrow, at the Sussex

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Now we are twenty . . .

12 October 2015

After a month of celebrating The Taxidermist's Daughter, October brings a new celebration - the twentieth anniversary of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize). To mark this wonderful milestone, we are running a two week campaign in association with BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour to find the 'Best of the Best' of our last decade. It's a great opportunity to look back at our winners of the past ten years, remember why we loved the novels so much at the time and to introduce a new generation of readers to these exceptional books. Last week, the

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Words, Words, Words

22 September 2015

Well, well, well ... what an incredible couple of weeks. Talks, interviews, book signings, television studios, radio broadcasts, the business of having a novel published leads to thousands more new words being spoken, written, shared ... Apart from a sore throat (kidding), I've enjoyed paperback publication enormously. Highlights have been: lovely Eamonn Holmes at Sky Sunrise talking about both The Taxidermist's Daughter and the Agatha Christie story I was commissioned to write by the BBC to commemorate her 125th birthday; a sell-out event in my home town of Chichester in the local library; being filmed for the Richard & Judy

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18 August 2015

This week, though there will be writing in the morning, is mostly a week of talking. Three days at the glorious Edinburgh International Book Festival: on Tuesday 18th August, I'll be talking to Lady Antonia Fraser about her memoir My History and then later that night, will listen to spooky literary ghost stories with novelists Aislinn Hunter and Jonathan Kemp; on Wednesday 19th August, I'll debate the nature of justice and freedom with Shami Chakrabati (the jacket for her book On Liberty must surely be one of the best of the past twelve months) - oh, and doing an event

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A Change of Scene

14 July 2015

Just back from two weeks in the South of France. The trip was the usual writer's mix of research (for my  Burning Chambers Trilogy), family holiday and a change of writing scene (to help me finish the first draft of a new play, The Old Timers).  For many of us, this abandoning one desk to set up in another place - one far from home, where the phone isn't always ringing, where there aren't emails to answer, where you don't have any domestic responsibilities - is a key part of either kick-starting a new project or to help with that

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