Hello Esteemed readers, all twenty nine of you. (Only kidding, I have a few more these days, thank you lovely readers.)
In July 2015 my new novel, The Photographer’s Wife, will be published in the UK and the US by Bloomsbury. I am unspeakably happy about this. I have been writing this novel for four years or so, and researching parts of it for even longer. In due course I will be putting up additional information about the story and the inspiration behind it, but for now a few photographs which form ingredients for my book.
At the moment I am editing The Photographer’s Wife, preparing to do a guest slot at the gorgeous Lumb Bank for the Arvon Foundation and devising a writing workshop and outline of a plan for a week-long residency in the Yellow Mountains, Huangshan, China which is happening in September. Busy times for the jobbing writer. Soon, the strange process of a novel emerging from the innermost inners of my mind to be sent out into the world to find readers will begin again. Before all of that, though, this August is a private, pottering, editing and gardening sort of month before the great voyage begins. Which brings to mind Edna O’Brien’s novel, August is a Wicked Month. A book I loved almost all of. The end didn’t work for me, but the rest was sublime.
Recently I have been reading Italian author Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan books. They are tremendous. I advise anyone reading this to go and get a copy immediately. I was lucky enough to get a copy of Book 3, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay*, in advance and I can reveal that it is ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL.
* A title that sums up the central theme to everything I’ve ever written in seven words.
A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar continues to amaze me by being read in diverse and wide ranging parts of the world. I have emails from Brazil, Canada, and many other places and recently I heard that it will be coming out in Japan in December and also in China next year. I feel very lucky.
Onwards and upwards dear readers.