Ladies and Gentlemen, I hope you have enjoyed your tour of our renowned university city. And I do hope you have not had difficulty in understanding me. Yours is not a language we teach in our schools, but once we had found out that you still exist a few of us have endeavoured to learn […]

My novel Timed Out is usually classified as ‘mature romance’ or ‘women’s literary fiction’. (I snobbishly  prefer ‘literary fiction’ though I know that doesn’t sell books.) It is about an older woman trying to turn her life around after she retires, doing Internet dating and also  pondering again the Big Questions. On its  book page Amazon.co.uk lists […]

John Crace Being Dead. Begins with a gruesome murder and then traces the victims’ lives leading up to that moment, and describes in detail the putrefaction of the corpses. I was too squeamish for this, though John Crace as a writer of beautiful and evocative prose is second to none. Margaret Drabble The Dark Flood Rises. A […]

Some of you may have noticed my attempts to garner publicity for my new novel Timed Out. What follows is a revised version of a little article  in The Oxford Writer. I must stress that I am no expert on the subject and I hated the whole business at first. But I am beginning to see […]

If you would like to hear what I sound like and find out  a bit about me and my novel Timed Out there’s a Radio Gorgeous podcast of an interview with Donna Freed. I enjoyed it. Donna had obviously read the whole book and I think some of her questions were very interesting. Sorry the link has not […]

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 When they say they have never heard of your publisher, smile sweetly and express surprise. ‘Oh, haven’t you?’  And don’t call Driven Press ‘a small global press’ – call them ‘a global press’. When they ask what happens in the end of  Timed Out, don’t tell them – just suggest they’ll find it interesting. Don’t […]