Stealing sushi

Had a bite to eat at Yo Sushi. Sat next to a mother with her teenage daughter. They’d finished their meal, as there was a pile of empty plates stacked up beside them. The mum had just ordered a mini bottle of Champagne, and as the waiter opened it for her she said ‘Thank you,’…

Third time lucky

I haven’t managed to write my blog for a month or so, because I’ve been busy being a mum – looking after my two kids while on school holidays, my cats, the house, etc – oh… and plotting my third novel. I could go into a big rant about how I think the summer holidays…

Summer loving

For the past three summers we have crammed our tiny car with camping equipment and travelled 350 miles down to the tip of Cornwall, the end of the land. We have set up camp with a group of five or so families, about 20-odd kids between us, in a field overlooking the sea. For two…

Motherhood and creativity

Recently I was reminded of the photographer Sally Mann and how much her work influenced my first novel, SHADOWING THE SUN. Mann is most famous for her photographs of her three children shot in the surrounds of their southern American home, hanging out or in role play, getting into scraps, doing what kids do best….

First-class festivities

I was very privileged to be part of the Stoke Newington Literary Festival this year. The weekend has flown by in a fuzz of sunshine, laughter and applause; dodging the crowds of happy people up and down Church Street and hanging out to music and beer at the Budvar tent. Every event I went to…