For obvious reasons, the usual Richard & Judy Book Club author interview - and a career highlight for any author - took place this year via Zoom. Well, I can safely say it was my starriest Zoom of the last 12 months, not least because we were joined by the multi-talented Anton du Beke of Strictly fame! Listen to the podcast and tell me he isn't one of the good guys...
I'm so pleased that the paperback of The Other Passenger has been on the Sunday Times bestseller list for four weeks to date - thank you so much to everyone who has bought, shared, recommended and reviewed it. I believe Kit and Melia would enjoy being so discussed! I've now experienced the publication of 14 books and, much as I am a fan of genius marketing campaigns, I think this is one of just four of mine that have also had genuine, un-orchestrated word-of-mouth buzz. I'm seeing readers recommend The Other Passenger all over the place and you just can't fake that, so thank you! (The other three, in case you're wondering, are Our House, The Swimming Pool and Since I Don't Have You). Happy reading, lovely people xxx
I couldn't be happier to announce that The Other Passenger has been selected for the WH Smith Richard & Judy Book Club! Ever since I was first published in 2004, I've longed to join this prestigious roll call of authors and now, with my 14th book, it has happened! Read what Richard and Judy make of the book - honestly, it feels a bit surreal to write that sentence!
I'm VERY excited to report that The Other Passenger has been optioned for a movie by the brilliant actor-director Joseph Cross, who calls the book 'dark, twisty, suspenseful and utterly disturbing'! It's still early doors, of course, but I shall bring you all the news as it comes in - especially to do with the casting of the two couples... Details in this piece in Variety...
I have big exciting news! OUR HOUSE is going to be an ITV drama! A four-part series will be filmed in 2021, bringing to the screen the web of lies Fi discovers when she comes home one day to find out her house has been sold without her knowledge. The screenwriter Simon Ashdown is an award-winning genius and, from what I’ve seen so far of his script, he has done the book justice and then some. I’ll share news of casting as I have it – can’t wait to see who will play Fi and Bram – and other developments. Basically, you have no choice but to join me for this televisual ride!
When I was growing up in the Midlands town of Northampton in the 1980s, I'd regularly dive into Jackie Collins' fictional world of sunshine and palm trees and movie stars and I'd dream of being there too, right at the pool's edge. Then the bodycount would start to rise and I'd be glad to be in the Midlands, after all. I never have gone to LA, but that didn't stop me jumping at the chance to introduce this beautiful new edition of LA Connections - part of Simon & Schuster's #BeMoreJackie campaign. Enjoy, dream, escape!
The covers for the Quick Reads 2021 have now been revealed, including mine for The Skylight, which I just love! In the story, our narrator Simone spies on the downstairs neighbours in their glamorous new kitchen extension through the enormous skylight they've had put in. Harmless enough - until the day she sees something that stirs murderous impulses in her... Find out more about the Quick Reads campaign and pre-order The Skylight for 99p. The books publish in May 2021.
The audiobook of The Other Passenger is published today! It's a little later than the hardback and ebook in the UK because we wanted to wait for Steve Mackintosh to be available to record it... He's one of my all-time favourite actors and I had him in mind constantly when I was writing Jamie (also, a little bit, with Bram in Our House, but it's absolutely definitely not an obsession). So when Simon & Schuster audio team were casting Jamie, I kept saying, 'Can you get someone who sounds like Steve Mackintosh?', until, eventually, they said, 'We'll try and get Steve himself.' The rest is audiobook perfection.
The Other Passenger is out today Down Under and I can't wait to hear what my farthest-flung (from me, obviously, not from one another) readers think of it! Better Reading says it will knock your socks off - read their review to whet your appetite...
Hello, July, month of my birthday... This year is especially nice because THE OTHER PASSENGER has been picked as Apple Books' Thriller of the Month!