An evening with yours truly at Clapham Library, Omnibus Literary Festival, Tuesday 3 May

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I’ll be getting all nostalgic on my home turf – Clapham, where I was born and brought up, in a small upstairs flat with an impassable set of back stairs and a view (postage-stamp-sized, but still a view) of Battersea Power Station, long before the Malaysians started taking it apart – for an event on Tuesday […]

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 […]

Oxford Literary Festival – Writers Roundtable with Peter Hanington and Kate Hamer, Sunday 10 April, midday

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I’ll be talking debut novels, and many other things besides, with two other first-time novelists, Peter Hanington and Kate Hamer, at the 2016 Oxford Literary Festival. The event is at midday on Sunday 10 April (a very civilised time for a literary event, I think), at the Oxford Martin School Lecture Theatre. Tickets are £10, […]

The Versions of Us at the Essex Book Festival, Brentwood: Wednesday March 30, 7.30pm

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I will be heading to Essex (the county from which my mum hails, as it happens) on Wednesday 30 March 2016 to talk about The Versions of Us.  The event is at 7.30pm at Brentwood Library. Tickets are £7 (£5 if you’re 25 or under) and available here.

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, […]

Author visit to Wokingham Library: Thursday 14 January, 6.45pm

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I will be at Wokingham Library on Thursday, 14 January 2016 from 6.45-8pm, talking about The Versions of Us and about taking a first novel from an initial idea to publication. Tickets are £3 (and apparently include refreshments!) and can be reserved by calling (0118) 978 1368. More information here.

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

How To Write Your First Novel: seminar at Stylist Live, London, Sunday 18 October, 2pm

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The lovely people at Stylist magazine have invited me to give a seminar on how to write your first novel – from initial idea to final draft, through the tricky process of finding an agent and a publisher – at the Stylist Live festival on Sunday 18 October. The seminar is from 2pm to 2.45pm, and takes […]

In One Moment, Everything Changes: Event at Cheltenham Literature Festival, Thurs 8 Oct, 7pm

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How do you write the defining moment on which a plot hinges? I’ll be discussing this at the 2015 Cheltenham Literature Festival – whose intriguing theme is, in fact, ‘defining moments’ – with Cathy Rentzenbrink, Books Editor of The Bookseller and author of the brilliant The Last Act of Love; and my fellow debut author Julia Rochester, author […]