Joining teaching team at Curtis Brown Creative

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June 2018 I’m delighted to announce that I’m joining the teaching team at Curtis Brown Creative, the writing school run by the leading London literary agency. I’ll be teaching three sessions as part of the six-month course led in autumn 2018 by Simon Wroe, and teaching my own six-month course from February 2019. Check out […]

Paris launch of La Ballade de Cass Wheeler, the French edition of Greatest Hits

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June 2018 I’m always fascinated by how the various translated editions of my novels turn out – the titles and covers each publisher chooses to render the novel’s themes in terms that make the most sense in that language and that country. So it was an absolute honour to travel to Paris with Kathryn Williams […]

Greatest Hits out now in paperback

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<em>Greatest Hits</em> out now in paperback

March 2018 Greatest Hits is now out in paperback – it’s lighter, brighter, and cheaper, and it has a beautiful new yellow jacket. Kathryn Williams’s accompanying album is still available, of course, and if you’re lucky, you might catch it with a special-edition matching cover…    

Another chance to hear my Christmas short story, Survivors, on BBC Radio 4, Saturday 23 December 2017, 3.45pm

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December 2017 In 2016, the lovely folks at BBC Radio 4 commissioned me to write a short story on a festive theme. The story I came up with – Survivors, a tale of blended families surviving Christmas Day, read by the amazing Tamsin Greig – was first broadcast at Christmas 2016. And now, in 2017, you […]

New cover design for Greatest Hits UK paperback

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November 2017 The UK paperback edition of Greatest Hits – out on 8 March 2018 – is to carry a new cover design. Readers of The Versions of Us may observe echoes of that book’s cover, with its wallpaper-style motif featuring characters and scenes from the novel. This cover also have a uniquely 70s vibe, to […]

TedX talk on originality in fiction

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August 2017 Late last year, I was asked to give a TedX talk at my old university, Cambridge, as part of a day-long TedX event on the theme of “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants”. My first instinct was to run and hide under the bed: to give a 15-minute talk, without notes, to a […]

Pre-order Greatest Hits through Waterstones to win a free download of Kathryn Williams’s album

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The lovely folks at Waterstones are running a competition to mark the release of my second novel Greatest Hits on 15 June 2017. The first hundred people to pre-order the novel in store or through the bookshop’s website here will win a free download of Kathryn Williams’s very beautiful soundtrack album to the novel. Also, Waterstones are […]

First chance to hear a song by Kathryn Williams from the Greatest Hits album!

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April 2017 I’m beyond excited that the first song from Songs from the Novel Greatest Hits – the album Kathryn Williams and I have collaborated on, inspired by my second novel – has had its premiere on Folk Radio UK. The song is called Common Ground; in the novel, it’s inspired by my character, Cass Williams’s, memories […]

The Versions of Us is the bestselling debut novel of 2016!

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February 2017 According to The Bookseller, The Versions of Us was the number-one bestselling debut novel in the UK in 2016. This is absolutely astonishing news for me, not least because it means that – surely for the one and only time in my life – I get to share a number-one spot with Bruce Springsteen. […]