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Sea Music is on  a Kindle promotion for the whole of August for 99p  https://shorturl.at/FLM45 This is how I came to write the story of Sea Music… One summer evening many years ago I was walking along a deserted creek at dusk. It was a place I loved, atmospheric, eerie, full of the sound of …

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A New Year

A New Year

  To step out this morning and feel the sun on my face seemed miraculous. It was cold, with just a sprinkling of frost but a gorgeous day beckoned. There was an extra bounce in Gertie, the rescue, who finds British winters appalling. Relentless wind and slanting rain have buffeted my exposed corner of the …

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Books, Literary Festivals and Covid

Books, Literary Festivals and Covid

       I headed to London at the beginning of July for the HarperCollins summer party at the V&A, and promptly caught Covid before I even got to the party. After two years of avoiding the virus it struck the moment I stepped out of Cornwall. As if that was not bad enough I …

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Sunday Early Morning Walk

Sunday Early Morning Walk

Larks sang their hearts out on my early Sunday walk this morning with Gertie, the JR. People were already down in the little coves swimming in a sparkling aquamarine sea…What a surge of joy there is in waking to a day so beautiful the heart soars. The cliffs and fields are bursting with jewel like wild …

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Publication Day for The Long Road from Kandahar

Publication Day for The Long Road from Kandahar

Publication Day came last Thursday. The Long Road from Kandahar is out into the bookshops. I signed lots of lovely copies in the wonderful The Edge of the World Bookshop in Penzance. It is always a thrill to see your book nestling amongst others, especially in your favourite bookshop. Now, I wait, and hope people …

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Inspiration for The Long Road from Kandahar

Inspiration for The Long Road from Kandahar

  These are grainy photos of me standing in front of the golden Pir Panjal Range of mountains near Murree, once a popular Hill Station in the District of Punjab.  We had just driven up the steep, isolated road from Rawalpindi, through tiny villages full of fierce turbaned Punjabis, not a woman to be seen. …

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Life, War, Books

Life, War, Books

I am happy to tell you that Sea Music is on a special offer of 99p for the whole of March! So do take advantage or tell your friends who might not have read it yet. Sea Music and The Long Road from Kandahar were written years and years apart, yet they are both, in …

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May 2021

May 2021

These are the three lovely books I bought  in The Edge of The World bookshop in Penzance as soon as the bookshops opened. I started with  DARK SALT CLEAR by Lamorna Ash. This is an absorbing read, especially for all those who know Newlyn well and watch the fishing boats head out each day. Ash …

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The Hour Before Dawn

The Hour Before Dawn

The Hour Before Dawn is a book very close to my heart. It is one of those rare books that wrote itself… It is on a special promotion for  the whole of September for 99p ‘A rich multi-generational sage set in Singapore and New Zealand. The mysterious diappearance of a young child sets in motion …

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