News and Events 2017
Event with ELLE magazine: There’s a Book In You… Here’s How to Write It, Monday 6 March, 6.30pm, London
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… […]
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. […]
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 […]
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
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]