Do come to my Q&A on 29 November at Waterstone's on Islington Green (nearest tube Angel), from 6.15!
Friday, 9 November 2012
Please take a look at my article in this month's issue of Best of British magazine (readership 100,000 a month) - all about the National Gallery during the Second World War. I really hope you like it! You can buy Best of British at WHSmith or online.
Sunday, 7 October 2012
Very excited to collect a mystery package from the Post Office yesterday and open it to reveal three copies of the audiobook of Pictures at an Exhibition. I didn't even know there was going to be an audiobook! Complete and unabridged and available from Isis Publishing...https://www.isis-publishing.co.uk/osb/itemdetails.cfm/ID/7125
Saturday, 22 September 2012
Lovely time last night appearing at a book club in St Alban's by skype. I now feel technically ept on two fronts - first, the use of QR codes in Pictures at an Exhibition, which is unique in fiction, and then speaking to a book club remotely. It opens up the whole world! Thank you to all the members for asking such good questions and being so positive about my book (and so kind about me dialling in late!).
Thursday, 13 September 2012
I appeared at my first literary festival this weekend - the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival not too far from where I live. It was a pleasure to meet the other panellists, Kathleen MacMahon (author of This is How it Ends) and Harriet Lane (author of Alys, Always), and Belinda Jack who acted as facilitator. Belinda is the author of, amongst other things, non-fiction book The Woman Reader, which tells the history of women's reading and the controversies that it has inspired.
Saturday, 1 September 2012
I was really pleased to see this interview and review by Sue Leonard in the Irish Examiner, calling Pictures at an Exhibition "Stunning. The best debut I've read this year."
Thursday, 26 July 2012
Thank you to my friend Duncan for sending me this photo of Pictures at an Exhibition on display at Waterstone's in Islington and described as "an absolutely brilliant read". I think the book looks great and I am looking forward to appearing at a book club there in November.
Thursday, 19 July 2012
How great to see Pictures at an Exhibition being stocked by wonderful Bath bookshop Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights, which was set up several years ago by one-time lawyer Nic Bottomley and his wife. Here's a link to their lovely website: http://www.mrbsemporium.com/. Thanks Nic and the team!
Thursday, 5 July 2012
Here is a link to my Huffington Post blog on having it all (?!)...http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/camilla-macpherson/worklife-balance-having-it-all_b_1618521.html
Thank you to the members of the Camden Girls Book Club and to Drink, Shop and Do (http://www.drinkshopdo.com/Drink,_Shop_%26_Do/Drink,_Shop_%26_Do_—_Home.html) for an excellent evening earlier this week at their book group. I loved all the questions and am really pleased you liked the book so much.
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Friday, 1 June 2012
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-2152711/CHICK-LIT.html and I am also attaching a pdf.
Sunday, 20 May 2012
Thursday, 10 May 2012
I was really pleased to find that the FT reviewed Pictures at an Exhibition this weekend and praised its "inventive conceit" and "ekphrasis". I had to look this one up even though I am a Classicist so maybe I should have known already - anyway it means 'description of paintings'!
Thursday, 3 May 2012
I am thrilled that Random House have produced some reading notes to accompany Pictures at an Exhibition. Hopefully all you bookclubs who are reading the novel will find them interesting! If there are any extra questions you think we should add, just let me know.
Friday, 27 April 2012
Thursday, 26 April 2012
Thursday, 8 March 2012
Kevin and I had a rare weekend away the other day and headed down to Bath, leaving our daughter with my parents. By chance we co-incided with the Bath Literary Festival, and ended up going to two of the events. The first event was a marathon reading of David Copperfield, kicked off by Alan Titchmarsh (this we missed) and then continued by a rota of volunteers. Audience numbers by the time we arrived were rather low but there is still something special about hearing a book read aloud - perhaps it is my background in Classics that makes me nostalgic for the oral tradition. The second event was a lecture from Dame Daphne Sheldrick, who has run an elephant orphanage and sanctuary for many years in Tsavo in Africa, and has written a memoir of her life there. Having recently given up our Guide Dog sponsorship, I sense that Kevin is now angling for us to adopt an elephant. Now I need to start planning for my own upcoming performance at the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival...