Thursday, 15 November 2012

Waterstone's Islington

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

Best of British Magazine

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

Pictures at an Exhibition - Audiobook now available

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...

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Skyping with the Yummy Mummy's Book Club

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

Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival

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

Review in the Irish Examiner

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

Waterstone's Islington recommended read

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

Mr B's Emporium

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: Thanks Nic and the team!

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Huffington Post blog - Having it all?

Here is a link to my Huffington Post blog on having it all (?!)...

Drink, Shop and Do

Thank you to the members of the Camden Girls Book Club and to Drink, Shop and Do (,_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

Vancouver book launch

I was very honoured on my recent family trip to Vancouver to have a Canadian book launch held for me by Elsie Smith. It was perfectly timed for the Jubilee and had the theme of a unique British tea - ladies' only as well!  There were cucumber sandwiches, petits fours, scones and all sorts of other treats, as well as champagne to calm my nerves before I did my first ever book reading. I was thrilled to be able to sign some copies of my book and answer a lot of excellent questions about the writing process and how I came up with the idea behind my book.  My world book tour has now encompassed England and Canada - next stop Scotland. I am attaching a photo with apologies for the greenish hue which is because the camera battery was almost flat. Thank you to all those who attended and above all to Elsie for making it such a special, memorable occasion for me.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Daily Mail review

Thank you so much to the Daily Mail for publishing a review and such a good one.  Here is a link and I am also attaching a pdf.

Book signings - Waterstone's and Foyle's

Have had a lovely morning signing books for the shelves in Waterstone's Leadenhall Market and Foyle's in St Pancras, so if you are looking for a copy of Pictures at an Exhibition, both have stock.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Launch party for Pictures at an Exhibition

I had a great time at the launch party for Pictures at an Exhibition last Thursday. I was really pleased to sell more than 100 copies of the book - which was as many as Waterstone's had ordered in. If you were disappointed, please do find another way to get hold of a copy, either through Amazon or ordering it in through your local bookshop. Lots of photos to follow in due course and thank you all for your support.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Financial Times review!

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

Reading Guide for Bookclubs!

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

Woman's Own review

Very excited to have my first review, from Woman's Own - 4 stars and described as "an enchanting debut!". Hopefully more to come! It's also the official release date for Pictures at an Exhibition.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Bath Literary Festival

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...