Journal 2018-02-12T07:28:36+00:00

Ten Years

Well, somehow it's been ten years this month since The House at Riverton* was published, and to celebrate Pan Macmillan has released a Tenth Anniversary Edition complete with a special party-dress jacket and a shiny new introduction (by me!) about writing, reading and the relationship between the two. I still find it thrilling that every time a book is read its story comes back to life; more so, that the story is unique each time because every reader brings her own life experiences to bear. I love that a book [...]

June 23rd, 2017|2 Comments

… and more new jackets

As promised, the new US and Canadian paperback jackets. All with gorgeous stepbacks (a hint of which you can see in the pics below). I love the way they capture the idea of stories within stories - gateways from one place or time to another, hidden texts, mysteries, secrets and hidden truths. A few of my favourite things, in case you hadn't noticed...   PS The scattered-petal image at the top of the post appears inside Secret Keeper.

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

New jackets…

I have been remiss in not posting sooner about my new Australian paperback jackets. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand and have a habit of getting lost amidst the shelves of your local bookstore, you might already have seen them? The hope was to capture a sense of history, mystery and secrets – of texture and layers of story – of past and present - and to reflect my (apparently insatiable) love of peel-y old wallpaper, houses in need of a lick of paint and forgotten photographs of people [...]

January 12th, 2017|23 Comments

Next Year’s Words

Happy New Year! This morning was so glorious that I couldn't resist a walk across Regent's Park. It was finger-tinglingly cold, but incredibly beautiful. Those bare branches! The long wintry shadows! The low sun turning the sky from gold to blue! I've been working on book 6 and look forward to sharing it with you as soon as it’s ready. The story is set in a number of places, both geographical and temporal (no surprises there!), but the main historical storyline takes place in nineteenth-century England - a treat for [...]

January 6th, 2017|41 Comments

Summer Reads Video

Hello, dear Readers, You might remember the Book Break episode I filmed in Cornwall last summer with the lovely Leena? (You can watch it here, if you missed it.) Recently Leena and I caught up again to talk Summer Reads. If you're looking for a recommendation, whether fiction or non-fiction, summer or not, you might see something in the video below that piques your interest. X https://youtu.be/a8RhisWQUfg

May 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Winter, Das Seehaus, mercy and truth

It's been a long time since my last post and a lot has happened. Most notably, the wheel has turned, the old year has spun away, and here we are in 2016. Just like that. I'm writing from a small desk in a small room in London. The view outside the window is of chimney pots and stained old bricks and black metal downpipes. The sky is milky and the branches are bare. We really are in the deep midwinter. It's been a strange year, though. Most of winter has [...]

February 12th, 2016|0 Comments