Morning! Some really lovely news: the Reading Agency has relaunched its Quick Reads campaign and announced its stories for 2020! In case you don't know, Quick Reads is a project that promotes adult literacy (one in six adults struggles with reading in the UK). You may remember that funding was withdrawn a few years ago and Jojo Moyes stepped in to save the project - what a rock star! Well, I'm honoured and thrilled to be a part of the 2020 list - I've contributed a short story to a collection called A Fresh Start, alongside shorts by stars like Ian Rankin and Sophie Kinsella. Novels include The Donor by Clare Mackintosh and The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe by Milly Johnson and each book is just £1. You can read more about Quick Read and please help spread the word - the more of us who support this, the greater the life opportunities for everyone. Thank you x
I'll be leaving my postcode on NUMEROUS occasions in September and October to talk about Those People. If I'm in your neck of the woods, please come along and we'll talk neighbours we love to hate (among other subjects)...
I'm so proud that OUR HOUSE has been shortlisted for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award 2019! It's such a brilliant shortlist, which, as The Bookseller notes, features five female authors to one male. I'm liking that ratio. A huge thank you to the mighty Goldsboro Books, whose award is the only one in the UK that mixes books from established authors and debuts, literary and commercial fiction, and all the genres. I'll let you know how I get on on the night!
OUR HOUSE shortlisted for the Capital Crime Amazon Publishing Best Crime Novel of the Year Award 2019!
I'm so happy that THOSE PEOPLE is out today in hardback and ebook in the UK and Commonwealth countries! A huge thank you to everyone who's read, reviewed and recommended it pre-publication, including those generous souls quoted below. You can find the hardback in all good bookshops, but I recommend Waterstones as your first port of call for their exclusive edition (signed and with a bonus short story, plus, most importantly, teal spredges!)
My second US release THOSE PEOPLE is published in the US and Canada today! I can't wait to hear what readers think of Darren, Jodie and the residents of Lowland Way with whom they do bloody battle...
Well, this is one plot twist few could have predicted - and definitely not me! OUR HOUSE has only gone and won the 2019 British Book Awards Book of the Year: Crime & Thriller! It was the most exciting evening, exactly the Oscars/Baftas vibe you would imagine, with stars like David Walliams and Ruth Jones in attendance at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. The Crime & Thriller Award was right at the beginning, so once I'd stammered out an acceptance speech and given a red-faced interview backstage, I was free to re-join the Simon & Schuster table for some serious champagne and gin drinking. Hands down, the best evening of my career. Thank you to all who bought, reviewed and recommended OUR HOUSE - there has been a strong word-of-mouth element to its success, which means every individual supporter has helped make this happen for me. I am a very grateful and happy author!
I'm amazed and incredibly happy that OUR HOUSE has been longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2019, awarded at the Harrogate Festival in July! Not only is it an incredibly prestigious longlist (and a bit daunting: Val McDermid, Belinda Bauer, Mick Herron, Ann Cleeves and a dozen other dazzling talents to compete with!), but Theakston Old Peculier is also a favoured longterm tipple of my old man. Meant to be, my friends, meant to be...