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In book news, the audio version of The Garden of Magic is out next month. I just received the cover from my talented designer and I’m really pleased… I hope you like it, too!
Also out next month is my first non-fiction title for writers. It’s called Stop Worrying: Start Writing and it reveals everything I have learned over the last decade about overcoming fear, self-doubt and procrastination in order to get books written.
In other news, I had a lovely research trip to London for a new series idea which I am incubating, and I woke up this morning with a completely new book idea which I’m really excited about…. So many ideas, so little time!
Ann Patchett is the real deal. She writes beautifully, in a seemingly effortless style that combines poetic prose with story and heart, and I’ve inhaled everything she’s done without pausing for breath.
This is no exception and if you are at all interested in writing it’s well worth the £1.49 price tag.
Reading Bill Bryson is like watching QI; it’s enjoyable and always leaves me feeling that little bit smarter than before.
In At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Bryson tackles the subject of domesticity through the ages. He points out that history tends to focus on famous figures, politics, royalty and battles, while the vast majority of history is actually made up of everyday life.
He has the kind of enquiring mind that wonders why we live in private houses (and not, say, tents, or communal halls), why it took us so long to achieve even basic levels of comfort, and why we say ‘room and board’ when we mean ‘meals included’. *