Cover for The Year Without Summer, published 6th Feb 2020
Chuffed to bits to have been awarded a grant from Arts Council England under the Developing Your Creative Practice funding stream. The funding will enable me to work with three artists to document Waterbeach Barracks before the site is developed into a town. I’ll be considering ‘placemaking’ and how our work might form a bridge to create a shared sense of place.
Delighted to announce that I will be writer in residence at the National Trust’s Wicken Fen between January-August 2019, working on a non-fiction book about the Fens.
My second novel, The Year Without Summer, will be published by Two Roads in early 2020. A summary of the book can be found at the end of the following blog post: The Year Without Summer.
Thanks to the Society of Authors for the award of a Foundation Grant!
The news this month is that I’ve been awarded a six-week Fellowship at MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, Fall 2017. I will use the residency to work on book two.
Shortlisted, Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, 2017
Longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, 2017
Shortlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award, 2016/17
Review in The Guardian, 18th February 2017
‘An accomplished first novel that imagines the life, in 17th-century Amsterdam, of young servant Helena Jans van der Strom and her relationship with the philosopher…brilliantly dissects the complex frustrations of a woman in love with a man consumed by intellectual obsessions. There is much to move us here.’
Interview with Future Radio, Norwich, SongBooks:
Interview with Francis Spufford and myself, on being shortlisted for Costa Book Awards, broadcast on Cambridge 105 FM, 24th December 2016 (interview begins at approx 34 minutes in):
Shortlisted for the 2016 Costa First Novel Award!
ONS Amsterdam, November 2016.
Cambridge Magazine, November 2016.
Featured on Télématin:
One of Lire’s ’12 auteurs à découvrir’ rentrée littéraire 2016:
Interview in Page magazine:
Longlisted for The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize 2016
Les Mots Entre Mes Mains longlisted for Prix du Roman Fnac 2016:
The Observer, 10th July 2016:
The Times, 2nd July 2016:
Airtours Top Summer Holiday Reads:
Woman’s Weekly review:
Early promotional materials from Editions Préludes, who will publish Les Mots Entres Mes Mains in August 2016.
Bosnian language rights have sold to BTC Sahinpasic, who will also publish an edition in Montenegro.
Book signing, Perth, Australia.
The Times — Book of the Month – an ‘excellent debut’, ‘memorable and engaging’. (Antonia Senior, 09/01/16).
The Sunday Times — A ‘striking debut…her portrait of love across barriers of class and Helena’s yearning for education is a touching one.’
(Nick Rennison, 17/01/16)
Joan Mackenzie’s ‘Pick of the Month’ (Whitcoulls, New Zealand).
‘The Words in My Hand is a great debut novel which, as well as painting a wonderful picture of 17th-century Amsterdam, finally gives Helena her place in history.‘
The Words in My Hand – Love Reading’s debut of the month, ‘A truly lovely and captivating debut’.
Named as one of Hive UK’s Rising Writers.
The Words in My Hand featured in Feb edition of Good Housekeeping ‘wonderfully atmospheric’ and ‘one to watch’.
Interview feature in Writing Magazine, February 2015.
Serbian language rights have sold to Laguna.
UK & AUS/NZ cover reveal:
Delighted to announce that Dutch foreign language rights have sold to Luitingh-Sijthoff http://www.lsamsterdam.nl/ and world Spanish rights to Siruela, who will publish The Words in My Hand as part of the Alevosia imprint: http://alevosialibros.com/
A free extract of the German translation is available to read at Vorablesen: http://www.vorablesen.de/buecher/worte-in-meiner-hand – if you rate and leave a comment you have chance to win a copy too! An extract from the audiobook is also available: http://www.vorablesen.de/sites/vorablesen.de/files/buecher/hoerproben/worte_in_meiner_hand_-_hoerprobe.mp3 – again, rate and leave a comment for chance to win a copy.
The Words in My Hand – German rights sold to Ullstein at Frankfurt Book Fair.