All the fun of the fair

All the fun of the fair

Against all predicted odds, books are still going strong. Screens haven’t yet killed them off. And it was a pleasure to attend two bustling book fairs in Norwich recently, where A Very Simple Secret was promoted alongside dozens of other new publications. Norwich is a...
A Very Simple Secret is now official

A Very Simple Secret is now official

Two book events last week, one in London, another in Norfolk, declared A Very Simple Secret officially out there in the public domain. The book’s already doing its job, attracting comment about mid-20th century childhoods, ideologies, crisis response, parenting...
Half an hour in Spain

Half an hour in Spain

On a grey morning in North Norfolk last week, as the wind howled down the chimney and heavy rain splashed the windows, I made a fleeting visit to Marbella. OK, the trip merely involved the click of a Zoom link. But it was still refreshing to ‘land’ suddenly in a...
Time For Transmission – My Book’s Out!

Time For Transmission – My Book’s Out!

Back in the day, in the 1980s, the UK only had four TV channels, and if your VHS recorder wasn’t working you only had one chance to watch a programme. iPlayer or All-4 were unheard of, and ‘streaming’ meant you had a bad cold. So when a programme you’d worked on was...
Crying Out – But Who’s Listening?

Crying Out – But Who’s Listening?

It felt like a rare glimpse of humanity speaking with one voice. Thousands of people, of all cultures and hues, from all over the UK and the world. Old folk and babies, grunge- and Hunter welly-wearers, the silent and the vocal. The event was the last London peace...
The Story Of Edward, The Cover Bear

The Story Of Edward, The Cover Bear

There’s a reason that the teddy on my new book cover is actually a photo of my very own Edward Bear, given to me as a baby. And that’s simply because no other bear would do. The bears on offer for the first cover draft just didn’t feel right. Styles have changed since...