London‘s most glamorous glossy magazine is in trouble. Advertising revenues are non existent, and if editor Laura Lake can‘t pick them up, she's out of a job.
According to those in the know, Scotland is having a fashion moment. Haggis tempura is on Michelin-starred menus, smart spas are offering porridge facials, and a chain of eco-hotels is offering celebrity bagpipe lessons. So Laura‘s off to a baronial estate in the Scottish Highlands to get a slice of this ultra-high-end Caledonian action.
It‘s supposed to be gorgeous, glitzy and glamorous. But intrigue follows Laura like night follows day. And at Glenravish Castle – a shooting lodge fit for a billionaire – Laura finds herself hunting for a scoop that won‘t just save her job, it could save her life…
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P.S. I popped into Buckingham Palace recently, here I am with the Duchess of Cornwall!
THE NEW (POSH) VILLAGE PEOPLE
Here is a fun piece I wrote about posh villages for the Sunday Times. Is there one in here you recognise? Perhaps you live in one yourself!
LAST OF THE SUMMER MOET - THE PLOT!
TOP reporter Laura Lake has struck journalistic gold. She’s discovered a secret country village where the British elite own weekend mansions. Film stars, famous artists and top writers, not to mention Cabinet ministers and the cream of M16, land their helicopters in the grounds of the gastropub and meet in the manicured streets to buy £100 loaves from the deli. Far from the prying eyes of the paparazzi they compete in the world’s most exclusive pub quiz and fight for parts in the celebrity panto.
But how is Laura to gain access to this undercover Eden, whose borders are strictly controlled? Luckily her billionairess friend Lulu, a logo-obsessed socialite with a heart as huge as her sunglasses, suddenly fancies a quiet life in the country.
Can Laura gatecrash the pub quiz, infiltrate the panto and write her expose before the snobbish villagers discover her identity? And before Lulu gets fed up and flees back to Kensington?
My first historical novel about a royal governess has sold to Berkley in the US for a six-figure sum, following an exclusive pre-empt based on a partial manuscript. You can read more about it on The Bookseller website
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JUDGING THE COSTA NOVEL PRIZE
I was thrilled to be asked to join the panel for this prestigious literary award. The results were headline-grabbing! Read all about it in the Guardian and here and the Daily Mail.
Zeb Spaw Exhibition
To launch my novel Gallery Girl, my husband Jon and I made an entire exhibition of spoof contemporary art. Click on the link for an exclusive look at Zeb Spaw's exhibition catalogue.
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My Perfect Weekend
From visits to stately homes to my husband's Sunday roast, read all about my perfect weekend, in The Telegraph.