Thank you

I haven’t been active on social media for the last three weeks, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been active. There’s a load of stuff going on that is taking up my time and which has to take priority, so I’ll keep this short and sweet.

To all those people who have already voted for me in The People’s Book Prize –

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For anybody who would like to, there is just one week remaining before voting closes, so if you can spare a moment I’d be very grateful. 🙂

Click the link below to go to the voting page.



Quick dog update

Peering out very briefly from beneath the 61,000 words I have so far drafted for the new book, I just wanted to share news of Hayley, the poisoned Spanish dog who was rescued from life on the streets with her four pups.

While being treated in veterinary hospital for the effects of rat poison, she was also diagnosed with leishmania. She is now home at Galgos del Sol, undergoing long-term treatment. Her pups are being hand-reared, as the cocktail of drugs she is taking, as well as her depleted condition would not allow her to feed them.

If they had not been found when they were, none of them would be alive now.12644895_1126917143994750_6451172264882507503_n

It will be a while before Hayley is out of the woods, but she is in the best possible hands, and all the supporters of Galgos del Sol are looking forward to when she is well and strong enough to be reunited with her pups.


Three Johns and a Rosie

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Interesting. Ourselves as others see us. I think Eric has the English fairly well worked out. But will we ever fully understand them?

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I knew that Cognac’s European Literature festival wasn’t a literary festival. Not a writers’ literary festival, in any case. I knew it would be nothing like the intimate meeting place for writers and readers you’ll find at the St.Clementin and Charroux lit fests.

But it was happening close to home. There would be books and authors. And I was intrigued because the European country selected as the theme of the festival wasn’t a country. It was a city. The city of London.

Aha, I thought, as I looked through the programme. Now I’ll understand how the French see the English.


The inauguration event – a discussion between two journalists about their visions of London – came halfway through the festival (I haven’t worked that one out yet. Perhaps I’ll have to wait until France is the theme country to understand this logic).

But Jon Henley, a journalist from The Guardian…

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