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Introducing a New Series of Author Interviews: Travels with my Books #1 – To Fiji with BM Allsopp

Although I’ve lived in the same cottage in a quiet corner of the Cotswolds for thirty…

Remembering Stuart Sharrock

In this week’s post, I pay tribute to the late Dr Stuart Sharrock, a highly intelligent…

Meet T E Shepherd, Illustrator for my Novels & Lit Fest

A post about T E Shepherd, the gifted artist who is drawing the imagined settings of…

The End of an Era: The Chronicle of an Extraordinary Five Years

My latest book has just been launched to mark 30 years of life in Hawkesbury Upton…

Planning for a Better Year

In my first column of 2021 for the Hawkesbury Parish News, I wrote about the art…

With the Wisdom of Hindsight at the Turn of the Year

Glad to see the back of 2020(Photo by Laura Young) One of the most important things…

Christmas Ginger – a New Christmas Story Free to Read Now (The First Ever Sophie Sayers Prequel!)

With Helen Hollick, novelist and founder of the Discovering Diamonds blog Today I’m pleased to share…

Stranger than Fiction

In my last column of the year for the Tetbury Advertiser, I reflect on the strange…

Let There Be Fairy Lights!

In the December issue of the Hawkesbury Parish News, I reminisced about one of my favourite…

The Consolation of Gardening

In my latest column for the Tetbury Advertiser, I was drawing on memories of a visit…

Dwelling in Marble Halls

My column for the November 2020 issue of the Hawkesbury Parish News (written part way through…

Why I’m Supporting Read With Me – A Charity Helping Children to Read

  In this week’s post, I’m sharing news of a great cause that I’ve recently discovered…

Saying It With Poppies

For the first time in years, I watched the national ceremony for Remembrance Sunday on television…

My Favourite School Story – Picnic at Hanging Rock with Liza Perrat

An eerie Australian mystery, chosen by Liza Perrat When I invite guest authors on to my…

Flight of Fancy

In my Young by Name column for the October issue of the multiple-award-winning Tetbury Advertiser, I’ve…

My Favourite School Story: The School at the Chalet – with Juliette Lawson

The seventh in my series of interviews with author friends who love school stories I reread…

With Love to Ithaca & Other Ionian Islands

In this post I reminisce about my travels to the Ionian islands off the west cost…

“And A Marrow!”

In this month’s issue of the Hawkesbury Parish News, I’m talking about late summer gluts in…

My Favourite School Story: Molesworth – with Linda Gillard

The sixth in my occasional series of interviews with author friends who love school stories Linda…

The Biography is in the Bedroom

I blame Susan Hill… In this month’s Hawkesbury Parish News, I’m sharing my experience of reorganising…

The Show Must Go On (Eventually)

The promise of the Village Show to come: the annual schedule Anyone who has read my…

What’s in a Name, Mr Weed?

Nominative determinism – the theory that we grow into our names – has always fascinated me,…

My Favourite School Stories: The O’Sullivan Twins – with Madeleine D’Este

The fifth in my occasional series of interviews with author friends who love school stories Meet…

Off the Garden Wall

In my column for the July issue of the Hawkesbury Parish News, I addressed an ancient…

The Story Behind the New Sequel to Secrets at St Bride’s

A fun, pacy story set in the autumn term I’m delighted to announce that today marks…