A few random thoughts and bits and pieces of news. Today I did my first ‘Google hangout’ for Telegraph Wonder Women. It was on the subject of paternity leave, something I haven’t had to think about for nigh on six years. My take was, broadly, that we should be thinking about what it’s for before we worry about how long it should be for. Then I guess we have to … Read the full entry
The property expert turned everything expert, Kirstie Allsop, has recently opined that it’s not worth girls going to university as they should just get really well paid jobs aged 18 and buy themselves some property in order to be in a good position to bag a boyfriend and birth a baby aged 27. By coincidence, the Sunday Times published a piece I wrote about whether, in these days of fees … Read the full entry
Thanks to the tireless work of Hodder’s lovely Becca Mundy and Karen Geary, there were loads of reviews of The A-List Family in both the national press and some of the web’s top book blogs. ‘Very funny,’ ‘hilarious’, ‘spot-on brilliance’ and ‘highly readable’ are just some of the highlights. All the reviews (even the less than utterly enthusiastic one) are linked to on my press page here.
My new book The A-List Family is out today. Publication day is a bit like a birthday in that it can feel stressful, exciting and a little bit embarrassing (especially if, like me, you do insist on putting sex scenes into your book). Yesterday, Twitter alerted to me to the fact that Jade Craddock from We Love This Book had reviewed the A-List Family. I felt quite shaky to click on the link. … Read the full entry
The A-List Family is out in May (April for those of an e-reading persuasion). The final cover design is not yet confirmed, but in the meantime, here is a picture of the proof copy which I think is very classy indeed. I love that turquoise and the its clean lines. Hodder always seems to avoid the cliche with their covers and I’m sure the finished product will be just as … Read the full entry
I’ve tried, but I can’t put it off any longer – it’s time for a new author photo. I hate them. Childbirth would be preferable and I think I probably look better in the throes of that than I do squinting and squirming into a camera lens. I worked in a newspaper office once and it was curious to see how many people there were wandering around the building who resembled … Read the full entry
I remember once discovering that a friend did her husband’s holiday packing for him. The toothbrush, the pants, the shaving foam, the extra-strength anti-perspirant. The works. I was shocked. It seemed both controlling and subservient to be taking over such a basic adult task. My friend seemed to be infantalising her husband and belittling her own time to take over what is a boring but essential task. Yes she was … Read the full entry