As I write, the wind is wuthering around the house and through the bent, protesting trees, making a noise like a wailing child.   The sea is a frothing mass of white waves, crashing against the rocks and spewing up in great dramatic arcs. I cannot capture the power of the elements on my mobile phone, the camara flattens everything as the strength of the gusts blow me sideways. Small birds … Continue reading

Jane Johnson gave a great talk last night at Waterstones Truro.  Her fabulous new book Court of Lions is out. The talented staff at Waterstones gave her the most beautiful window display I think I have ever seen. It was a lovely event. History, intrigue, little Morrocan rose-almond pastries, wine… welcoming staff… and books… As Jane signed her books I roamed a blissfully empty bookshop. A novel experience! Shelves and … Continue reading

* I have a special Kindle promotion this month for COME AWAY WITH ME! You can buy the digital version for 99p. This runs from today July 6th until 31st of August The sea is as green as if I were on a Greek island. The sun is bouncing off the surface like sparklers down on the point. I have a deadline and subdued panic surfaces at 4am and various … Continue reading

Last week I made a flying visit to London to meet my new editor at HarperCollins. I was given a wonderful welcome and shown around the new enormous sixteen storey HarperCollins building on a beautiful clear sunny day. ( Getting in and out was akin to airport security) The Shard loomed exotic, almost within touching distance. A panoramic, breathtaking London lay shimmering below.Tugs on the river, London bridge, a glittering … Continue reading

I have finally moved house and a whole new world has opened up for me. I can walk straight out of my front door down through the fields to the coastal path. The sea shimmers blue through the emerging leaves of the trees that edge my garden. I watch the small crabber down on the point as he checks his pots. I spot seals off the rocks and small white … Continue reading

I am moving house and as I pack a frightening amount of books into boxes I have been reflecting on our enduring and intimate relationship with them. I shuffle through the pile I know I will probably not read again. I find an inscription from a long ago friend or a dead aunt and memories surface like bubbles. I am back in a childhood garden reading on the grass and … Continue reading

The end of summer is always hard to bear, but the lovely thing about autumn is the thought of log fires and tucking in with books… There is a wonderful one day promotion for COME AWAY WITH ME on Kindle today. amazon.co.uk/Come-Away-Me-S… @HarperCollinsUK fb.me/4p0lDjXfO Two mothers, a life-long friendship and a lie that will tear them apart… Thanks so much to all of you who have discovered my books on … Continue reading

It is post referendum and a changed world. Take a break from twitter and Facebook, work for a few hours and a new dramatic saga has unfolded. Never have more people been engaged with politics or glued to screens big and small. Deep gloom is tempered by morbid fascination. What the hell is going to happen next! The summer seems also strange; as if it is hanging there not quite … Continue reading

June 22nd 2016. The day before the EU Referendum. The day before we know if our world is going to change for ever. Remain or Leave? Are we going to be precipitated into an unknown and scary future or are we all going to settle back into a tentative and nervous normality. I cannot think of a time in my life when political debate has been so raw, vicious, passionate … Continue reading

It is far too long since I posted here. I am not sure where the time goes. Christmas came and I planned to post some New Year thoughts, but somehow time slipped… Now it is March and I realise how bad I am at fitting in writing with social media and blogs and answering emails and all the other stuff of modern life. Each year I start with good intentions. … Continue reading

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