My Life in Books

Long before I was a writer, I was a reader. My parents taught me how and, from the moment I discovered that wonderful other worlds lived within the black marks on white pages, I was hooked. The older I get, the more aware I am that childhood reading - indeed, all reading - is a type of landscape every bit as shaping as the geographical landscape outside the window. Herewith - my life in books!

August 29th, 2018|

The Forgotten Garden turns ten

Another book birthday this month - The Forgotten Garden has reached double digits while I wasn't looking! It's almost impossible to believe that ten whole years have passed since Cassandra, Nell and Eliza first left my imagination for yours, and yet, at once, it feels like an age since I was writing a manuscript called 'The Authoress', living in a little wooden worker's cottage cut into a steep slope in the shadow of the Paddington Antique Centre. To celebrate - and because people often ask about the ideas and inspirations [...]

June 13th, 2018|

New Book

It's done! I'm thrilled to tell you that the new book is finished and will be published in September/October 2018. It's another big one, as you can see from the rather large stack of pages on my kitchen table, and spans a number of periods between 1850 and the present day. It's set partly in Victorian London and partly inside a big old house called Birchwood Manor, which is tucked within a quiet bend of the Upper Thames. There are secrets and mysteries aplenty and characters to whom I can't [...]

March 21st, 2018|

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|

… 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|

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|