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Talking to my friends about Books: Jodie Halford – Back Home

I am really enjoying finding out what my friends are reading and adding more and more novels to my list of Must Be Reads! This time, my Talking to my friends about Books pal is  Jodie Halford, She talks about books and motherhood and rediscovering her reading mojo...

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Talking to my Friends about Books: Owen Ward on Tombland

Because I love talking to my friends about books...here's another one. Imagine discovering that one of your ancestors was famous! Host of the Essex By the Sea podcast, Owen Ward chats with me about a book that's based around events involving a distant relative of his,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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:https://soundcloud.com/you/tracks     I also asked...

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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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Audrey Bowling – an artist inspired by the landscape

  The House That Alice Built is set in Cascais in Portugal, and its pretty streets, gorgeous beaches and beautiful setting inspired me to write the novel. Alice herself rediscovers her creative side when she's there, and finds what she sees and feels enables her...

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A Weekend in Marrakech in 2011 – part 5

To Djema El Fna we went, full of tagine and humous and these delicious cheesy things in pastry. To Djema El Fna which is the square of all squares..the place where all the city life gathers and which has myriad different lives; bustling morning, buzzy afternoon, and...

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A Weekend In Marrakech in 2011 – part 5 – Djema El Fna

To Djema El Fna we went, full of tagine and humous and these delicious cheesy things in pastry. To Djema El Fna which is the square of all squares..the place where all the city life gathers and which has myriad different lives; bustling morning, buzzy afternoon, and...

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A Weekend in Marrakech in 2011 – Part 4

Into the multi-coloured maze of the souk. Tiny, narrow shops overflowing with gold shoes, blue scarves, silver teapots, amber mirrors, leather bags. Carvings and jewels and lanterns,  fabrics of silk, dresses of cotton,  jasmine and honey and rosemary and thyme...

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A Weekend in Marrakech in 2011 – part 3

When I close my eyes and try to remember, all I can see is pink, gold and amber. Deep red rose petals. Cool marble tiles. Hidden spiral staircases. Secret alcoves strewn with luscious bright cushions. Palm trees in the courtyards. Cool blue pools. Tranquilty. ...

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