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Dear Amy: On the road…

Dear Amy: On the road…

I have been crazy busy lately, and looks like that is not going to change. Book Clubs, Booksellers Association, Noirwich – it’s all happening! Here are some upcoming events: The Book Wormettes Book Club – August 26 I am off to chat to the Book Wormettes in Cornhill about Dear Amy at their book club lunch. I have

The Broomway: the Most Dangerous Road in Britain

The Broomway: the Most Dangerous Road in Britain

I recently had the chance to walk the Broomway, a public byway six miles long that connects the foreshore at Maplin Sands to Foulness Island when the tide is out. When the tide is in, the way is drowned beneath the North Sea. If you are caught out there when the sea comes in, you are almost

This is Boring: Boring V at the Conway Hall

This is Boring: Boring V at the Conway Hall

For the second year in a row, I went to the Boring conference: The Boring Conference is a celebration of the minutiae of the mundane. Last year, speakers discussed things like why all national anthems sound the same, or the list of character names they collected for their potential novels when they were ten, or

Face to face with Jane Eyre

Face to face with Jane Eyre

Had a lovely day – I had decided yesterday to pitch up at the Folio Prize Festival at the British Library. I was late and missed most of the first panel, so I lunched vaguely and turned up for the first of the afternoon talks, On Conflict. The speakers were Neel Mukherjee, Ali Smith, Erica Wagner and Charles Fiennes, and it

Tidings from London

Tidings from London

So, rather wonderfully, Michael Joseph are publishing Dear Amy in Spring 2016. Michael Joseph are an imprint of Penguin Books  I must say that I met a load of cool people during the auction, but I was blown away by the Michael Joseph team’s kindness and enthusiasm about the project. It all seems a bit weird and dream-like,

The Chronophage – the Eater of Time

The Chronophage – the Eater of Time

One of the Cambridge landmarks that features in the latest book is the Corpus Clock. The clock is this large, imposing creation set into the corner of Corpus Christi College where Trumpington Street and Bene’t Street meet. Old member John C. Taylor conceived and funded it.  Professor Stephen Hawking unveiled it to the public on September 19th, 2008. It stands

Adventures in Cocktails: Harry’s Bar in Venice

Adventures in Cocktails: Harry’s Bar in Venice

Harry’s Bar is famous for its dry martini, and speaking as an afficianado of dry martinis, this seemed the perfect destination for me that first night in the city. I had booked a weekend on the spur of the moment as a birthday treat for myself – one of my New Year’s resolutions had been to

Visiting Felbrigg Hall

Visiting Felbrigg Hall

One of the things that I did this year, while writing Dear Amy, was get out to visit some country houses. One of these was Felbrigg Hall. At the centre of the book is a rambling Jacobean manor with a hidden cellar, looked after by a secretive live-in caretaker. In the book, the house stands for

Medieval Cookery: Roo Broth

Medieval Cookery: Roo Broth

Roo broth – I know, right? What is it, some kind of medieval kangaroo soup? Well, no. Roo broth is more of a bruet – a kind of thickly sauced meat dish – a bit like a stew. The roo is not for kangaroos but roe deer, and this is the venison dish I cooked

Medieval Cookery: Frumenty

Medieval Cookery: Frumenty

So, for a while I’ve been promising myself I’d have a go at making frumenty. For a start, it’s easy, and also, it’s ubiquitous. It was a very common thing to serve in medieval times. Potages, or simple meals of grain or vegetables, were something all levels of society took part in. It’s a more

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