The House That Alice Built by Christine Penhall

Chris Penhall’s New Blog

Magic in the Air – Cascais and New Beginnings

When I wrote my debut novel, The House That Alice Built, I had no intention of embarking on a sequel. That was until I finally sent the book of to my publishers, with all of the edits done, and realised that I didn't want to say goodbye to Alice just yet. So, I had to...

Evonne Wareham – A Wedding on the Riviera

I love reading novels that make their settings come alive, so I'm really looking forward to Evonne Wareham's new book, A Wedding on the Riviera published on March 22nd. Here she gives as a bit of an insight into what to expect... Thank you for inviting me onto your...

Claire Sheldon’s debut book – Perfect Lie

Claire Sheldon's debut novel, Perfect Lie,  is published by Ruby Fiction on e-book on 16th June, so I thought it would be nice to catch up with her so she could tell us about her road to publication and what she has coming up next.     Tell us about the book...

Choc Lit Virtual Festival round up

As part of the Choc Lit Virtual Book Festival recently, I recorded a chat with my BBC Essex friend and colleague, Tony Fisher about books, writing, and about finally getting published. You can hear it here:     I also asked...

The House That Alice Built photo tour

The House That Alice Built is set in Cascais in Portugal, where I lived many years ago. It made a huge impression on me and some of the locations I use in the book are real, whereas others are a mixture of reality and imagination based on other beautiful places in...

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The House That Alice Built won the Choc Lit Search for a Star Competition 2019. Published by Ruby Fiction it’s  available on all platforms. Find out more here.

The sequel, New Beginnings at the Little House in the Sun is published by Ruby Fiction. Please click here for further details.

In July’s edition of Essex Life Magazine I wrote about how I achieved my ambition and became a published author. Click here to read it.