How I turned into a World Book Day 'expert' How I turned into a World Book Day ‘expert’

Contrary to the slightly sceptical tone I’ve adopted in this piece for the Telegraph, I actually have a huge soft spot for World Book Day and the pressure it brings to create wondrous costumes for your primary-school aged children. I like forcing myself to find literary reasons for whatever we’ve dragged out of the dressing-up drawer and I’m in favour of anything that encourages, even tangentially, reading for children. That … Read the full entry

Telegraph – is your other half your best friend?

Apropos of Barack Obama’s appropriately lovely tribute to Michelle, the Telegraph canvassed writers as to whether their other halves were their best friends. I was one of them – read it here. I rather surprised myself by thinking, why yes he is. It sounds a bit yukky and possibly unromantic, but he is the first and last person I want to speak to. In part this is because my best friend … Read the full entry

My Weekend Wives blog tour My Weekend Wives blog tour

The last week of June 2016 and everyone’s a bit distracted and confused. I’m certainly not going to add to the forest of words written about national events this week (though maybe the time has come to take the Remain poster out of window). Amid all this, it’s the paperback publication of The Weekend Wives. This sounds confusing as a paperback came out earlier this year, but that was a bigger, more … Read the full entry

Aniston’s food baby: why I’d hate to be a celebrity

I found an old article that I wrote for the Hodder website when The A-List Family came out on seven reasons why I’d hate to be a celebrity. One of them was that you wouldn’t be able to have a big lunch without pap photos coming out with a big arrow pointing at your supposedly pregnant belly. It seemed pertinent at the moment as poor old global magnet of our sympathy, … Read the full entry

Article on the virtues of a lazy marriage

This is a piece I’ve written for Woman & Home about the virtues of a lazy marriage. Frankly, I’m a bit lazy about most aspects of my life – I’m the sort of person who won’t bother changing channels if I can’t find the TV remote, but marriage is something that we’re constantly told we need to ‘work on’. Ben Affleck, for example, said in his Oscar acceptance speech: “I … Read the full entry

Heat's review is in Heat’s review is in

Happy chocolate laden Easter. Mine was lovely, thanks, with lots of hearty walks and even heartier stews down in Dorset. Back now to a great review in Heat magazine, thanking them for both the review and the gorgeous looking page upon which it sits. ‘Witty, sharp and absorbing with a dark edge that we loved.’ Why thank you. I would love to be described as dark and witty myself, but … Read the full entry

Me, Hello! and The Weekend Wives

I used to work for Hello! Magazine almost twenty years ago when I lived in Madrid. To which everyone would say, don’t you mean you worked at ¡Hola! (quite a challenge typing one of those upside-down exclamation marks, I can tell you), but no, I worked for the English version but in Spain. They had a very strange system whereby the magazine was mostly written in London but edited and … Read the full entry

It’s the final countdown…

March is a wonderful time of rebirth and renewal, daffodils and delight. The 10th is also the date of publication of the trade paperback of The Weekend Wives. I’ve got various bits and pieces of press to do with it and the whole concept of the part-time marriage. According a recent report by estate agents Hamptons, families seeking to leave London are casting their nets further and further away from the capital, … Read the full entry

Life imitating art…

Whenever I write something a little bit outlandish and possibly technically impossible, life goes and proves me right all along. Bit of a spoiler here, but in The A-List Family, there is a house collapse caused by the hubristic creating of layers of underground excavating. When I wrote the book, there had been various cases of street sink holes and huge subsidence caused by such work in London. But nothing … Read the full entry

New term new book new cover New term new book new cover

It’s September, that traditional time of new stationery sets and pencil cases. And, in my case, gorgeous artwork for my new book, The Weekend Wives (to be publishe d Spring). What the wonderful team at Hodder have done here is maintain elements of my previous covers (such as the typeface used for my name), while giving it a different feel appropriate to the content of the book. I love that … Read the full entry

What happens when I finish a first draft…

About few weeks ago I finished the draft of my new book and emailed it off to my agent and my editor. The process of sending your work for someone else to read has been likened to sending out your used underwear; it feels that exposing and intimate. Fortunately they both like it, which allays the mortification a bit. They both also promptly went off on holiday, which gives me a glorious hiatus when … Read the full entry