I’ve always, always wanted to write novels
, but did not dare confess the fact, even to my husband. I satisfied the writing bug by writing cookbooks and journalism (and poems which no-one sees) until in my early fifties when I decided to sell my business
, stop writing about food
, and write that novel
My first novel, Leaving Patrick , appeared in 1995, followed by Sisters in 2001, and A Lovesome Thing in 2004, published by Penquin ( republished as The Gardener by Transita in paperback) was out of print, but the relatively new, and very dynamic publisher, Quercus have published all three of my early novels, both in paperback and as e-books.
Quercus have also published by lates novels, Choral Society
and A Serving of Scandal. Choral Societyt sold very well, especially in paperback. Waitrose knocked out over 7,000 of them and WHS gave them all sorts of promotions I’m gratified to say. It is about the lives and loves (and fears and dreams) of three women in their late fifties who meet in a singing group.
A Serving of Scandal
,my latest and now out in paperback, is a novel about love and scandal (and the difficulty of sticking to honourable principles in the spin-controlled Westminster political village) and, thoufgh not doing as well as Choral Society, sells respectably. Maybe all the coverage of MPs expenses is helps. . Or maybe the cover is. I love
My last book, also published by Quercus, isn't a novel at all. It's a memoir, Relish, but it reads, I'm told, like a novel, and a pretty racy one at that.