I've been a fan of Joe Haddow's Book Off podcast for ages and was VERY pleased to be asked on with the multi-million seller Mark Edwards to talk about our own latest books (his is the twisty Here To Stay - I recommend) and to pitch our favourite reads to Joe... Many of you will predict that I chose a Tom Wolfe - but which one? And did I convince Joe to choose it over Mark's pick? I loved doing this interview - though Mark and I have very similar taste (we both have Lana Del Rey obsessions, for instance) and so it wasn't exactly warfare... You can get Book Off on iTunes, Avast or Spotify.
Netgalley members, you are in for a treat, because the proof of The Other Passenger has some very special finishes (design speak for looks and feels fab). You can request your copy now!
Well, any excuse to repost the picture of me grinning wildly with my Nibbie! I'm honoured to have been asked to be a judge at this year's British Book Awards - in the same category that OUR HOUSE won in 2019: Book of the Year Crime & Thriller. I'll post the shortlist as soon as I know it, meanwhile here are the judges' deets...
Oh, how I love a cover reveal! I'm so pleased with the US visual for The Other Couple, out in July - just look at the malice in these two gazes... More details about this slippery tale of generational conflict and murder can be found here (and to pre-empt any confusion, the UK/ANZ title will be The Other Passenger) x
Stone the crows, THOSE PEOPLE has risen to the dizzying heights of Number 2 in the UK paperback fiction chart! Thank you to everyone who has bought or sold or read or recommended the book this week - I am overjoyed at the thought of Ralph, Naomi, Darren and Jodie getting under your skin!
A huge thank you to all who bought (or sold) a copy of the paperback of THOSE PEOPLE last week - I've just heard it went straight into the Sunday Times bestsellers at number 6! What a spectacular start to 2020! Please, please drink some champagne for me as I am doing Dry January...
Well, it's fitting that I have a book out in the last week of the 2010s (the UK paperback of THOSE PEOPLE), since I seem to have spent most of the decade writing. Since 2010, I have had seven novels published in the UK, the last two of which have also been published in the US, a longtime ambition of mine. Here they are in my living room, alongside the Nibbie I won for OUR HOUSE in 2019 (that was not even on my radar, let alone an ambition). A huge thank you to everyone who has bought, read or reviewed my work - or taken the trouble to contact me to say something nice, because, believe me, some days that has been the difference between keeping going and just sitting with the cat feeling sorry for myself. (As Morrissey said, 'I am human and I need to be loved/Just like everybody else does'...) Here is a pic of the magnificent seven - and A Very Happy New Year from me!
I TOTALLY love University Challenge (and, of course, David Nicholls' book Starter For Ten), so you can imagine my excitement when my name came up in an episode this week! And, if you're reading this, you'll probably be better at answering than Clare College, Cambridge...
To celebrate the publication of THOSE PEOPLE in paperback, you can get it half price from WH Smith with a special voucher in the Daily Mail! And there you were thinking you'd retired the scissors after wrapping a thousand Christmas pressies... Enjoy!
I'm thrilled to find THOSE PEOPLE in the Daily Mail's Best Novels to Put Under the Tree! Books are the best gifts, especially signed copies or editions with sprayed edges. There might still be a few hardbacks of THOSE PEOPLE with teal edges - or you could always wait till Boxing Day for the paperback and ORANGE edges...