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 […]

Event at Chester Literature Festival, Sunday 16 October, 5.30pm

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I’ll be talking all things fiction-related – and, of course, about The Versions of Us and my new novel, Greatest Hits – at Chester Town Hall on Sunday 16 October at 5.30pm. Tickets and information here.

Tre Volte Noi at the Pordenone Literary Festival, Italy, Sunday 18 September

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Ooh, I love Italy. I studied Italian and lived in Rome for two years (the canny among you may have noticed my affection for the city embodied in Eva’s, in The Versions of Us). So I am very happy indeed to be attending my first Italian book festival, in the city of Pordenone in September 2016, […]

The Versions of Us at Le Livre sur les Quais, Morges, Switzerland, 2-4 September

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I will be brushing up my GCSE French (anyone else remember those Tricolore textbooks featuring Pascal and Gregory and their various activities in and around La Rochelle? Maybe that’s just me then) and heading to Switzerland from 2-4 September 2016 to attend the very exciting-sounding Le Livre sur les Quais festival. I’ll be talking about […]

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 […]

The Pool Party at Greenwich Book Festival – 27 May, 7.30pm

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I’m really looking forward to this event – a showcase of “women writers making a splash”, organised by the brilliant online magazine The Pool (do have a read if you’ve never done so before). I’ll be talking books, writing, and many other things beside, with a slew of other lovely writers, including Kit de Waal and […]

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, […]