Here’s to my Dad

For Father’s Day, I want to write some nice things about my Dad. The best place to start is sport because Dad is a massive, massive sports fan. A fan of all sports, especially if he’s involved. Now that he’s passed the 80-mark, he still competes in the odd cycle race! At school and in…

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When families are… complicated!

I am often writing about families in my books – children, parents, sisters, grampas, aunties… the whole family scene. And because it’s all fictional and written for entertainment, these imaginary people are so much wittier, lovelier, kinder and more insightful, or on the other hand, so much more awful, melodramatic and dreadful than the family…

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Ich bin ein Frankfurter

Photo of Frankfurt city centre

I was visiting relatives in Germany this summer and spent one wonderful hot and sunny day wandering round Frankfurt, a city I’ve been visiting since I was young. I’d been so starved of travel that I felt as if I was looking at the city with fresh eyes. I soaked up every detail and it…

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World Book Day | My best advice to writers

Today is World Book Day. To mark the occasion I thought I’d repost this blog from my old site. I think there’s plenty here to think about for anyone who loves books, loves writing — and for anyone thinking of trying to write a novel. I’d love to hear your comments: How do I get…

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