The sun is here at last, winds are warm and skies are blue. The hard ground has become soft; the bird feeder no longer needs filling three times a day and in the field by the track to my house little lambs stare at us curiously and their mothers suspiciously. They are right to be suspicious, of course. Yellow heads of tete a tete nod happily in the borders by my front door and elsewhere in the garden primroses and hellebores nod happily back. Someone still needs to tell the magnolia that the crocuses are here, but the first green blades of tulips are pushing through and the beginnings of peonies and foxgloves can be spotted. more…
I was a judge in the Novel category and also for the Book of the Year (which Hilary won). The party was a hoot and the judging session much less onerous than I had imagined.
Chaired by the wonderful Dame Jenni Murray (who was gamely struggling on despite a bad back) the panel numbered such luminaries of stage and screen as Jenny Agutter, Mark Watson and Sophie Ward, as well as literary stars like D J Taylor, Daljit Nagra and Marcus Sedgwick. We had a great time!
P.S. My family all recently sat for portraits, see results here in I Love.
Recent shots from the manicured (well, weeded at least) authorial acres!
My new novel, Gifted and Talented is having the finishing touches applied! So exciting! You can order any of my top ten bestselling here on the website. Simply click on the covers below!
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My perfect weekend has changed several times over the years. Read how in My perfect weekend online in The Telegraph.