August 31, 2018

And you thought HELLO! magazine was just for the royals! Delighted to point out that What Kitty Did Next has been reviewed in this week's HELLO! magazine. 

I can only hope that Meghan and Kate have sent their footmen out to get a copy asap!

Note to self: should have incl...

August 30, 2018

Fabulous night on 29 August at the wonderful
Better Read Than Dead bookshop in Sydney's Newtown for the Australian launch of What Kitty
Did Next
. Thanks everyone for coming, and especially to author/broadcaster Diana Simmonds for the
Q&A session.

The event was a sell ou...

June 25, 2018

Being an erudite lot, you quite probably already know this but it’s only just occurred to me to find out. Where did “blog” come from? Quite honestly, it’s not a pretty word. Sounds almost violent: “He just blogged me on the head!” Or smutty: “He didn’t. Such a little b...

June 18, 2018

Six advance copies of What Kitty Did Next have just lobbed into Sydney. So here's me, holding the new baby! Very excited. Can you tell? Spread the word...

Blog tour starts next Monday. Publication date (UK) 28 June. Carrie departs for England early July! It’s all happen...

June 11, 2018

I’ve been reading the dictionary again! Checking the etymology of words that want to wander into my prose, set in Regency England. It is of course a minefield (from 1877 as in mine and field; figurative use not until 1947). And hopefully, one I have skirted in What Kit...

May 28, 2018

As I sit tapping away on my keyboard, with the ability to save and delete, cut and paste, move paragraphs back and forth, I cannot imagine how I would have coped with a quill and ink! Not only does handwriting take longer (and all that ‘lopping and cropping’ of...

May 21, 2018

Came across Val McDermid’s 2014 take on Northanger Abbey the other day, and thought I’d give it a go but was almost immediately sidetracked into picking up Miss Austen’s original. I love this novel with its delightfully naïve heroine and her Gothic terrors. And so many...

May 14, 2018

With only six sleeps before the upwardly mobile Ms Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry, speculation about all things royal wedding grows more and intense, with everything from the bride’s dress to what they’ll be eating at the wedding breakfast up for guessing grabs. Th...

May 7, 2018

If Meghan Markle had married a “single man in possession of a good fortune” back in the early 19th century, she might have escaped a lot of fuss. For the majority of women, even aristocratic ones, weddings were pretty low-key. In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen didn’t...

April 30, 2018

In Australia last Wednesday, it was Anzac Day, when we commemorate those who served and died in all wars and conflicts. (For those of you who don’t know, the acronym stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and Anzac Day – 25 April – marks the date of the ill-f...

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