Launch of The Sacred River


As readers of this blog probably know, my new novel The Sacred River came out last week. We had the launch party a few days after publication day, at the Petrie Museum, in London. The Petrie is one of the foremost Egyptology museums in the world, with an estimated 80,000 objects. It’s […]

Writing About the Heath


  Thank you very much to everyone who attended the Archway Library event on Writing About the Heath. It was great to see you there and a really good evening despite the heat!      

Co Donegal

I had an inspiring weekend staying with artists Ian Gordon and Sarah Lewtas at their farm in a beautiful and remote area of County Donegal, in Ireland. Ian’s stunning exhibition – ‘Uncovered’ – is on at the Glebe Gallery until the end of June.

A Costume for Harriet Heron

Thanks to the incredible support of Discover Egypt, four of us were able to go to Luxor to make a short video trailer for my new novel The Sacred River. I knew I wanted actress Sarine Sofair to play the part of Harriet Heron, the main character in the book. […]

Like Your Jacket

What makes you reach for a book in a bookshop? Prompts you to turn it over to read the jacket copy on the back then open up the book, your attention caught… It may be true that you ought not to judge a book by its cover but the jacket […]

Independent Bookshops


It’s Independent Booksellers Week from 30th June to 7th July. Thanks very much to my local bookshop for supporting my book.     And to Goldsboro Books in Cecil Court, off the Charing Cross Road (still famous for its bookshops, even if the one called ‘Author’ actually only sells shoes), for […]

The Painted Bridge out in the world


The Painted Bridge, the book that I spent two years writing, in this room, has – after a further year in the production process – gone out in to the world. Publication day was last Thursday, 24th May. Part of the role of the writer is to try and bring […]

The Painted Bridge Video


We decided to make a trailer of around 90 seconds in length for The Painted Bridge. My husband and my older son are photographers and film-makers so we did it in-house.   First, we chose an actress. Sarine Sofair, with her pale skin and clear eyes, her long naturally-red hair, […]

In New York – A Picture Post

Lower East Side

Happily, I am in New York for three and a half days! Yesterday I went to the Tenement Museum on Orchard Street, in the Lower East Side. The museum centres around a mid 19-c tenement building that once contained 22 apartments. Each typically had three rooms; a tiny bedroom, even […]