29/07/2015

Cheltenham, Mumbai and Jeremy Irons at Burnt Norton

Since my last post I have spoken at the Cheltenham Literature Festival with Sofka Zinovieff, another writer inspired by her “Inspirational House”. This was to a packed audience with loads of books sold. The buzz of Cheltenham is amazing. There is a huge tent for authors and you are given a wristband allowing you entry into any of the talks. I have to say it was wonderful being amongst some of the most creative writers in the world. In December I was flown to India to speak at the Times Mumbai ...

04/06/2014

June 2014

When “Books by Women,” suggested that I should do another blog I was cautious. What should the subject be? It was suggested that I should write on the pleasure of getting an option for a three part TV series, but there are many options taken out each year on many books. Some of the options get taken up and are made into that wonderful series or film, and others stay on the table causing much disappointment. Some books are treated with sensitivity, and the final film is true to the ...

02/04/2014

A weekend at the Oxford Literary Festival

On Saturday I went to watch three publishing giants talk on the future of the industry. It was both interesting and inspirational. The three men were Nigel Newton, head of Bloomsbury publishing, who on the advice of his eight year-old daughter bought the rights to J.K .Rowling’s Harry Potter. The second was Tim Waterstone who started Waterstone’s in 1982 with his £6000 redundancy packet from W H Smith, and who not only sold out to Smiths, but finally in 1998 joined forces with HMV Media Group to buy them back. The third ...

01/04/2014

Christmas at Burnt Norton

Christmas at Burnt Norton was as usual chaotic but wonderful. This year the turkey did not get burnt and the kids were exemplary. Eddie agreed to be vegetarian because cooking for nine, when you have two pescarians, two vegetarians and one vegan is a complete nightmare!! The book is going well and I have done various talks at different festivals, book clubs and hotels. Last month I was asked to stand in for a famous actress/ food writer who had cancelled her talk at the Chipping Norton Food Festival at the ...

verona

10/03/2014

Verona- Italy

My daughter Clemmie is suddenly very grown up. Mrs Grumpy teenager has gone and she is now a responsible young adult who is about to start pupilage as a trainee barrister. Only a short while ago she thought classical music was for losers, but now with an older boyfriend, they go to the opera, eat gourmet dinners at Heston Blumenthal and act in a thoroughly sensible way. (I hope not too sensible) It was Clemmie and Ben who took us to the opera in Verona, and to dinner in a ...