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The Camargue in France at Christmas-time

France has a coastline of approximately 7330 kilometres. Much of it is magnificent and many of those kilometres are uninhabited, wild even. I am a sea baby. The old adage that being by the sea does you good, clears your… Continue reading

The Deluge

Some of you may have read about or seen on the news the appalling floods that hit my homeland of Cannes and its environs in the south of France at the beginning of this month. We were there; we had… Continue reading

Mourning Palmyra

The destruction of our ancient history, of magnificent sites that are, or were, jewels in our cultural heritage and are now nothing but rubble, makes my blood boil.

We are all of us reading the news and staring at photographs… Continue reading

A Simple Act of Kindness

Dear Friends,

This is an exciting autumn moment for me.

My new novel to be published by Penguin early next year has disappeared off to the copy editor; we are preparing for this year’s olive harvest which looks set to… Continue reading

The Olive Route

The Olive Route, rich in detail, colourful in scope and astonishing in meaning, takes us on an unforgettable journey across the Mediterranean. Discover the secrets of the olive tree, a symbol of life and spirit of peace for thousands… Continue reading

Provence, My Inspiration

Provence. Provence-Alpes-Maritimes is my home, and it has also become my work. I never fail to remind myself how fortunate I am. When I first came here to this southern coast of France I was looking for a ‘house by… Continue reading

Happy Days

Hello from a very hot South of France. (currently 34C)

The announcement of the news announced today in The Bookseller (link below) has been such a LONG time coming – I have been busting for three months to tell you.… Continue reading

Scorched Earth

A few days ago I headed north, driving from our home on the French Côte d’Azur to our home in the Brie, mid-centre between Paris and Reims, fifteen minutes from the Champagne district. I love these long trajectories penetrating and… Continue reading

Audio Books

Just in time for the holidays! My two bestselling Kindle Singles are now available as audio books!

Suffragette

A quick update to let you know that Scholastic have republished another of my books in the My Story series, Suffragette. Here is a photo of the new cover above, which is lovely and all silvery. I am very pleased… Continue reading

Celebrating Film

By the time you read this, the 68th Cannes Film Festival will have packed up its wares and the pantechnicons will be back on the road. The awards will have been handed out and celebrated at illustrious parties, Elton John… Continue reading