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    Six Top Tips on Writing A Book

    December 11, 2017

    I love those posts you see on Twitter, promising to show you ‘5 Ways to Become Super-Wealthy’ or ‘Ten Top Tips to become Irresistibly Gorgeous.’ I know they don’t actually deliver, but I can’t resist clicking on them anyway. So here are my top tips on writing a book. There’s really only one way to write a book: sit down and write it. But we won’t let that stop us… Make a safe space. Virginia Woolf famously insisted on ‘a…

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    Moomins at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

    Although I don’t live in Dulwich any more (haven’t you heard? There’ve been a lot of murders there lately…) I pop back as often as I can, partly to replenish stocks of my book,…

    December 2, 2017
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    Meet the Author – Heidi Catherine

    It’s a great pleasure to introduce Australian writer, Heidi Catherine, in one of my occasional Meet the Author spots. Heidi has written The Soulweaver, a really mesmerising tale about reincarnation, which will be published…

    December 1, 2017
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    Murder on the Orient Excess

    It’s been three days now since I watched the blockbusting new film Murder on the Orient Express but I still haven’t got Kenneth Branagh’s moustache out of my mind. I know it’s a mistake…

    November 15, 2017
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    Have We Got News For You

    I’ve hesitated to write about this, but I was really upset by BBC1’s Have I Got News For You last night. It had been a tiring but good week, and I wanted something funny…

    November 4, 2017
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    #JustToSay Thank you, Cadbury’s Roses

    As you know, we’re massive chocoholics here and don’t need much persuading to try anything new that Cadbury’s have to offer. Roses chocolates are not exactly unheard of, as they’ve been going since, gasp,…

    November 1, 2017
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    Skin & Tonic

    I’ve always loved skincare, so I was really intrigued when a friend asked if I’d tried Skin & Tonic. It’s a range with a difference – none of the products contains more than seven…

    October 27, 2017
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    The Party

    Went to see an absolutely splendid film last night, The Party. We’d been intending to go to Armando Iannucci’s movie, Death of Stalin, but it was sold out, and The Party was very much…

    October 23, 2017
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    Blade Runner 2049

    I was a bit nervous about seeing Blade Runner 2049, as I’m so keen on the original film. I fell for it in the 1980s, when its combination of a mysteriously Asiatic dystopian Los…

    October 20, 2017
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    Matisse in his Studio

    Had a lovely interlude the other day visiting the Royal Academy – always a favourite place anyway, as it’s directly opposite the duck-egg blue box of treats that is Fortnum & Mason – with…

    October 4, 2017