I’ve shared my life with dogs, and the one who stayed loyally by my side during my thirties and forties was something special. Perhaps it was just timing: she saw me through the turbulent years of divorce, second chance love, motherhood, multiple house moves, career troubles and the darkest days of bereavement. Yet I believe … Continue reading Dog of a (mid)Lifetime
I’m thrilled to share the news that I'll be appearing alongside the Guardian's TV critic and all-round womanly wit Lucy Mangan at Stratford Literary Festival on Friday 12th November, where we’ll be talking motherhood, midlife and all its multi-tasking with the wonderful Jane Garvey. Lucy’s first novel Are We Having Fun Yet? is a riot … Continue reading Stratford Literary Festival
I read recently that Jackie Collins kept an immaculate archive, every press clipping about herself neatly cut out and filed, all editions of her books in every language shelved in order. No mean feat for a woman about whom so many reams of material was written and whose literary output was so prolific. She was … Continue reading Jackie Collins, a Pocket Diary and a Box of Treasures
Mid lock-down, feeling guilty that we hadn’t taken the children anywhere more exciting than the local footpaths for over a year, we came up with the bright idea of a Virtual Reality headset. This way, we told them eagerly, we could each scale Machu Picchu, ski down the Matterhorn, lie on a tropical beach, parachute … Continue reading Virtually Worldly
I have book news, and I hope you’ll forgive me if it’s not quite what you were expecting: Today, I’m thrilled – and slightly terrified - to be able to share the news that my first novel as alter-ego Georgie Hall will be coming out in the UK this summer entitled Woman of a Certain … Continue reading Meet my other half
How many of us started Lockdown 3 with Dolly Parton in our heads 24/7 singing ‘Here You Come Again’? I know I should be grateful it’s finally exorcised the Kylie Minogue earworm that’s been there since Glastonbury 2019, but oh… I’m writing this from the far end of the dining table, pausing to issue a … Continue reading Learning on the Job
Who doesn’t love a British autumn? Even this one, more locked in and lonelier than most, has so much to offer: it’s aflame and awash with colour again, a constant reminder that even on those days we want to stop the world and get off, the seasons come and go regardless. This morning, just before … Continue reading Creature Comforts and Wild Joys.
Fanfare! Country Lovers is out in paperback today, Thursday 3rd September, although I confess it’s unusually quiet around here for a publication day… The whizzy fibre optic broadband that was recently installed in our rural backwater cut out a few days ago when a tractor accidentally snapped the cable, and it's still dead. With just … Continue reading Bonanza Book Day
As a child, whenever I was upset (which being a sensitive clutz, was often), my mother would say ‘I wish I had a magic wand I could wave to make it all better.’ And I used to wonder why she didn’t have one. Who was in charge of handing out the wands? They weren’t doing … Continue reading A Wish, a Reading List and a Pink Supermoon.
Listen in: Country Lovers is now available as an audiobook, and it’s the first Fiona Walker novel to be narrated by its author: me! With all this wild weather blowing around, there’s every excuse to slot in the air-buds or hook over the noise-cancelling earphones and lose yourself in the village of Compton Magna. I’ve … Continue reading Talking Books, Author’s Voice and Thinking Aloud.