In praise of the Royal Literary Fund

I’m now embarking on my second year on the Royal Literary Fund Fellowship Scheme. Now there’s an appealing set of words – fund, literary and, given my queenly aspirations, royal. And its reality, being a published author lent out to an academic institution to help students struggling with writing, is just as good. My friend, the thriller writer Ali Knight, told me about the RLF having gained a place herself … Read the full entry

A departure from fiction A departure from fiction

Over the last year, fiction has only had a place by my bedside rather than on my desktop. I still read lots of it (unwittingly some of the time, fake news and all that), but the writing of it… not so much. Two very different projects have been absorbing my time, the first of which is a non-fiction book called Startup London for wonder-publishers Hoxton Mini Press. If you frequent … Read the full entry

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