My third novel, Salvage, to be published in 2019

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January 2017 My third novel, Salvage, is to be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2019. Salvage is told in four parts – spring, summer, autumn and winter – over the course of one year, and is the story of a 72-year-old woman, Stella, who has built up a company with her husband that is now one of […]

The Versions of Us wins the Richard and Judy Spring Book Club!

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5 May 2016: I am totally thrilled to announce that The Versions of Us has been named the winner of the 2016 Richard and Judy Spring Book Club. As an author, this feels particularly amazing because the novel has been voted for by readers.  In fact, I can’t even quite express what this means to me (a […]

French edition of The Versions of Us shortlisted for Prix Relay!

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20 April 2016 The French edition of The Versions of Us – Quoi Qu’il Arrive, published by Les Escales on 14 April – has been shortlisted for the Prix Relay. The other nominees include Booker winner Richard Flanagan, so it is a real honour. You can, should you be a French speaker, or indeed just so inclined, […]

The Versions of Us shortlisted for Debut Fiction of the Year award!

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4 April 2016 I am totally thrilled to share – rather tardily – the news that The Versions of Us has been shortlisted for Debut Fiction of the Year at the first ever British Book Industry Awards. It’s just such an honour to be nominated alongside some absolutely brilliant debuts, including The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma; The Loney by […]

Guardian Masterclass on How to finish your novel or short story, Wednesday 19 April

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Well, this is exciting – on Wednesday 19 April, I’ll be leading a writers’ workshop at The Guardian offices (my own workplace for four years in my twenties!) on how to finish a novel or short story. The workshop is part of a series of writing masterclasses curated by the novelist Lionel Shriver, who very kindly asked […]

Perth Writers Festival, Australia, 20-21 February 2016

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19 January 2016: I am beyond thrilled to be travelling to Perth, Australia (first ever trip to Australia! First ever trip to Perth! Longest flight I’ve ever taken!) to attend the Perth Writers Festival next month. I’ll be taking part in three panel events – “Hot Debuts”, on Saturday 20 February at 10am; “Love Stories”, […]

The Versions of Us goes to Denver, Colorado, for the Winter Institute, January 2016!

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19 January 2016 I am very excited indeed to be flying to Denver, Colorado, for the first time this coming Sunday, 24 January, to attend the American Booksellers’ Association Winter Institute in advance of the US publication of The Versions of Us on 3 May 2016. Having discovered the late Colorado-based author Kent Haruf last year, […]

The Versions of Us is number one on the Sunday Times bestseller list!

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6 January 2016: Late yesterday my editor, Kirsty Dunseath, telephoned with some amazing news: the paperback edition of The Versions of Us, published last week (31 December), has entered the Sunday Times paperback bestseller list at number one. It’s hard to convey just how much this means to me. I’ve never wanted to do anything other than write […]

The Versions of Us chosen for the Richard and Judy and Waterstones Book Clubs, Spring 2016!

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5 January 2016: I am absolutely thrilled to say that the UK paperback edition of The Versions of Us, published on 31 December 2015, has been chosen for both the Richard and Judy and Waterstones Book Clubs for spring 2016! This is pretty much the dream for any writer (and has certainly long been mine), so […]

The Piccadilly Waterstones Christmas Customer Evening 2015, Thursday 3 December, 6.30pm

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I’ll be at the gorgeous Waterstones store on London’s Piccadilly for a festive evening of books, cakes, cocktails, and swing dancing… Free entry. Full details here: https://www.waterstones.com/events/the-piccadilly-waterstones-christmas-customer-evening-2015/london-piccadilly

Interview with Claudia Winkleman on BBC Radio 2 Arts show

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I’ve always liked Claudia Winkleman – she seems so friendly and positive, and I can confirm that she really is both these things, as I was lucky enough to meet her at BBC Broadcasting House in June. She interviewed me about The Versions of Us for her Radio 2 Arts show. It was such a pleasure […]

Interview with Mariella Frostrup on Open Book, BBC Radio 4

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Having listened to Radio 4’s wonderful Open Book programme quasi-religiously for about the last ten years, I was absolutely over the moon to be invited on to talk to Mariella Frostrup about The Versions of Us – and seriously nervous, too. I managed to swallow my nerves enough to talk about the novel with what I hope […]