If you follow me on Twitter you will not have been able to escape the news that OUR HOUSE is now a Sunday Times bestseller! The trumpet-blowing and please-just-stop-now preening perhaps bear a little context. OUR HOUSE is my twelfth novel and among the other eleven there have been hits and misses. Translation and TV deals have come and gone. In the UK alone, I've had four publishers, two agents, nine editors and over a dozen publicists. But none of the books, until now, has made it into the hallowed Top Ten of the Sunday Times bestseller lists (the hardback of OUR HOUSE got stuck at number eleven - poor me). Meanwhile, I and my fellow old-timers have watched debut after debut swan straight up the charts, propelled not only by authorial talent but also by the love we all have of The New. So an overnight success I am not. When my first novel was published, I was 35 and my daughter was a baby. Now I am 50 and she is doing her GCSEs. No wonder I'm exhausted. Exhausted and very grateful to my agent, Sheila Crowley of Curtis Brown, and the dream team at Simon & Schuster who did it. They really did it.
Many moons ago, when I was a student at UCL with big hair and unstraightened teeth, I worked evenings at Dillons bookstore on Gower Street. I still remember how sweet Tracey Thorn was when she came to my till with a copy of 'The Satanic Verses' (that dates it for you) and the thrill of making announcements over the PA system ('The store will be closing in fifteen minutes...'). Oh, and the dismay of being on Medical Books in the basement, which meant queues up the stairs and staying late to cash up the millions instead of escaping to the pub. Well, the site is now a Waterstones, a big, beautiful branch filled with staff and customers far better read than I ever was, and I returned yesterday as a Books of the Month author to sign copies of 'Our House' and coo over their displays. It felt good, really good. One of the special days. It also struck me as making the perfect yah boo sucks blog post to my enemies, but I've been wracking my brains and I can't think of a single enemy. So I guess the road from then to now has been smoother than I thought.
I have big news! OUR HOUSE is out in the UK in paperback today, earlier than planned, and is Waterstones’ Thriller Book of the Month for September! Over the years, I’ve really come to trust the Waterstones booksellers’ picks and often stopped to admire the beautiful and creative displays in their windows. And now mine is one of the chosen ones! I’m so proud that Waterstones have picked OUR HOUSE for September and very grateful for my brilliant publisher Simon & Schuster for making it happen. I can’t wait to hear what Waterstones customers think of Bram and Fi and the ungodly mess they get themselves (and their house) into…
I'm utterly thrilled that OUR HOUSE is a New York Post Book of the Week! Thank you, Mackenzie Dawson - check out her picks here!
When I got my first book deal many moons ago, I did what most first-time novelists are apt to do: assume the book is going to be wildly successful and published all over the world. A global bestseller. Overnight stardom. New York, New York. Fast forward fifteen years and I am, at last, being published in the US. It's absolutely lovely to be a debut, even if by now I'm more like Madonna cavorting on her gondola in Venice than I am any real ingenue. My publishing team at Berkley are, quite simply, The Best, and today is one I will never forget. So a huge, heartfelt welcome to OUR HOUSE, US and Canadian readers - I can't wait to hear what you think of it!
Being reviewed in the New York Times is up there with Pulitzer prizes and Sunday Times #1 bestsellers in authors' daydreams - and now it's come true... It's amazing to see my US debut in Marilyn Stasi's Crime reviews - this is one link I'll be wearing out!
The amazing adventures of OUR HOUSE continue with a spot on the New York Post's 25 Best Thrillers of the Summer!
US publication of OUR HOUSE is just two weeks away, so a perfect time to find it in heading this prestigious BuzzFeed list of 20 Thrillers That Will Keep You Reading Until The Sun Comes Up - compiled with Goodreads!
I'm thrilled that OUR HOUSE is one of the Sunday Times' Top Summer Reads - such an honour!
US publication of OUR HOUSE is a mere month away! To celebrate early, Berkley have a clutch of ARCs to give away - enter by July 11th (US only)!