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Storm Ophelia

Storm Ophelia

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 …

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New books and Bookshops

New books and Bookshops

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 …

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My World

My World

* 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 …

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May, London, and the process of making books

May, London, and the process of making books

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 …

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Moving House and Book deals

Moving House and Book deals

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 …

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Books Books Books

Books Books Books

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 …

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Come Away With Me

Come Away With Me

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 …

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July 11th 2016

July 11th 2016

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 …

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June 22nd 2016

June 22nd 2016

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 …

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