Event with ELLE magazine: There’s a Book In You… Here’s How to Write It, Monday 6 March, 6.30pm, London

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I’ll be joining those stylish folks at ELLE magazine for a panel discussion about how to write that novel you’re yearning to get on the page, and then – the all-important question – how to get it published. Details of the rest of the panel are below. Should be great fun, and hopefully informative, too… […]

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. […]

TedX talk at Cambridge University, Saturday 11 February 2017

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I am – excitingly, and terrifyingly – giving a TedX talk at Cambridge University, my old alma mater, on Saturday 11 February 2017. I’m one of a number of speakers – including Andrew Marr, and the physicist and former opera singer (I’m already intrigued!) Carl Gombrich – discussing the subject of originality and innovation; whether […]

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 […]

Telling Tales: An Afternoon of Authors, Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, Hampshire: Saturday 26 November, 1pm

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I’ll be heading into the New Forest on Saturday 26 November 2016 to join my fellow writers Claire Fuller, Antonia Honeywell and Graham Hurley for an extremely pleasant-sounding afternoon of literary conversation. Tickets are £15 and available here.

Humber Mouth Hull Literary Festival event, Saturday 12 November, 7.30pm, Hull Central Library

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I’ve actually never been to Hull before (I’m not one of those Londoners who never leaves the capital – honest! – I’ve just never found myself heading Hull-wards) so I’m really looking forward to seeing the 2017 Capital of Culture for the first time… My event – in which I’ll discuss The Versions of Us, my new […]

Festilitt festival, Parisot, France, 21-23 October

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Just over ten years ago, I spent a very happy weekend celebrating my stepsister, Jessie’s, marriage to Steve in the beautiful French village of Puylaroque. I remember hazy sunshine, mellow stone, and an awful lot of cremant. I’m delighted, then, to be returning to this beautiful area of France to attend this year’s Festilitt festival […]

Workshop on How to finish your novel, Chester Literature Festival, Sunday 16 October, 1.30pm

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How do you know when your novel is finished? How do you ensure that the ending feels natural and unforced? I’ll be pondering these questions, and more, when I reprise the workshop I gave as a Guardian Masterclass last spring for the 2016 Chester Literature Festival. Tickets are £20 and available here.

Songwriter In Residence event with Kathryn Williams, Durham Book Festival, Saturday 15 October, 4pm

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I’m working with the amazing singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams on a very special project linked to my second novel, Greatest Hits.  We’ll be announcing full details of our collaboration, hopefully, in October 2016. So imagine how excited I was when she invited me to take part in a four-day residency she’s organising at the 2016 Durham Book […]