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    Toto & Coco

    November 3, 2020
    Toto & Coco by Alan Frame

    If you’re looking for a gripping Lockdown 2.0 read, then thank heavens Toto & Coco has just come out. This extraordinary true story has it all. Spies, sex, the great, the good, the very, very bad – and Coco Chanel on top. It’s also written by the wonderful Alan Frame, my former boss on The Daily Express, who has a wicked way with words. This story is absolutely begging to be made into a film, and I’m just amazed I’ve…

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    Readers, writers… and riders :)

    One of the funny things about writing a book is the way you lose control of it, once you put it out there. When you’re sitting writing, it’s all your own world, to move…

    October 16, 2020
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    Writer’s London by Carrie Kania and Alan Oliver

    I’ve been lucky enough to have been sent a copy of Writer’s London by Carrie Kania and Alan Oliver, and what a pleasure it’s been leafing through it during lockdown. Both the authors are…

    May 24, 2020
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    Crochet: the perfect Coronavirus hobby

    I was pleased to see in the Guardian today that crafting hobbies like knitting and sewing have soared in popularity during the lockdown. The craft beating all the others hand down, however, was my…

    May 4, 2020
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    My Life in 37 Therapies – Review

    Why is it that when you’ve apparently got all the time in the world, everything takes four times as long as normal to do? When I was sent a copy of My Life in…

    May 1, 2020
  • The Magical Life of Lola Bloom
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    Meet the Author – Adriana Barros

    It’s such a pleasure in these lockdown days to introduce you to a fab new author – Adriana Barros. Her first YA (young adult) fantasy book, The Magical Life of Lola Bloom, will be…

    April 21, 2020
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    Meet the Author – Rosie Travers

    It’s such a pleasure to have the fabulous Rosie Travers on my blog today. Her books, Theatre of Dreams and Your Secret’s Safe With Me, are delicious slices of escapism and, if you haven’t…

    March 27, 2020
  • Author Catherine Fearns
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    Meet the author – Catherine Fearns

    Sometimes a book comes along that you didn’t quite know you had to read – until you did. Catherine Fearns’ Reprobation was like that for me, a heady mix of Heavy Metal, religious symbolism,…

    March 23, 2020
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    Meet the Author – Alex Macbeth

    I’m very glad to be hosting fellow crime author Alex Macbeth on my blog today. Alex’s gripping thriller, Red Die, is set in Mozambique and has been widely praised for its sense of place.…

    March 19, 2020
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    Meet the Author – Val Penny

    I’m very glad today to be able to welcome author Val Penny back to my blog. Val’s Edinburgh-based murder mystery series, starring Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson, has been compared with the work of Ian…

    March 17, 2020