14th May, 2010 After a whole day deep in the seventeenth century (reasearch for next novel) I went last evening to Barbara Trapido’s launch for her new book, ‘Sex and Stravinsky’. I read this is proof, and absolutely loved it, as I love all Barbara’s books. Her ‘Frankie and Stankie’ was my Book of the [...]

Courtesans and a Bearded Collie-Pit-Bull….

12th May, 2010 First replies to the invitation to my book launch coming though now. Most of them – only slightly worryingly – seem to be refusals….. do they know something about the weather in the first week of June that I don’t? (the party is going to be in my garden) I console myself [...]

Pink Suede Shoes

Just over three weeks to go to till ‘The Pindar Diamond’ hits the book shops. Yesterday I went to Soho to have a pre-publication lunch with my editor – one of those rare and special people who always makes me feel better about life, no matter what’s going on in it. If she says everything [...]

The Circus coming to town!

Hooray, hooray, hooray! Have just had an email from Bloomsbury saying that Mariella Frostrup’s ‘The Book Show’ at Hay programme at the Hay-on-Wye Festival in May would like me to do a video diary for them while I’m there; they want me to feature  my old friend  Nell Gifford’s Gifford’s Circus, which is always one of the [...]

First Copies

The first copies of ‘The Pindar Diamond’ arrived yesterday as promised. There’s nothing quite like the sensation of holding the first finished copy in your hands. There’s something very private about this moment, although I can’t quite describe why. I realise that I don’t want to share it with anyone else, just for a little [...]

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