Star of the Ocean

A couple of days ago we took our bookshop-loving hearts on a treasure hunt. I don’t know if it’ll be open, Sarah said to me,…

Holly + Hedda + Alice + Amsterdam

After days of chilly rain, yesterday in Amsterdam was hot, crystalline, and just right for reuniting with my Dutch publisher, the wonderful Hedda Sanders. We…

Alice Hart to be published in France!

Last week, on the day before my birthday, I got a phone call which was probably the best Birthday Eve gift I’ll ever get in…

My book. In my hands.

Sam got home around 5.30pm. “Is it here?” he asked, soon as he was through the door. I shook my head. Refreshed delivery status again:…

The (nearly) unbearable bliss of Alice Hart’s first steps

26 June Gazillions of things will happen in the world today. In my tiny speck, one of them will be the first time in my…

Alice’s first flight

What sights to wake up to, from my Australian team: first glimpses of my novel in book form. As in, a real book. That people…

I will not waste my speck: my Manchester + first glimpse of my novel as an Actual Fucking Book

As more details emerge it’s growing increasingly clear Monday night was, as Slate has called it, ‘an attack on girls and women…on girlhood…a massive act…

Everything and nothing

Holy mother of all things sacred and vulnerable: THIS. A snippet of the text my publisher sent me in response to my final edits. I…

Waiting…

April 27 Spring solace. April 30 A long weekend full of the very best big-little things. May 3 I was leaning against the sink, reading.…

The next finish line: time, magic, and running wild

My edits are done. I finished on the weekend, and sent my reworked manuscript back to my wise and intuitive publisher. “You know it is…