5 September, 2017
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I'm delighted that, from the 5th of September, my US readers will have access to the paperback edition of my second novel for adults, The Return of Norah Wells.
One family. Two mothers. Which one will they choose?One ordinary morning, Norah Wells walked out of her house on Willoughby Street and never looked back. Six years later, she returns to the home she left only to find another woman in her place. Fay held Norah's family together after she disappeared, she shares a bed with Norah's husband and Norah's youngest daughter calls Fay 'Mummy'. Now that Norah has returned, everyone has questions. Where has she been? Why did she leave? And why is she back? As each member of the family tries to find the answers they need, they must also face up to the most pressing question of all - what happens to The Mother Who Stayed when The Mother Who Left comes back?
A moving family drama. Powerful, emotional and perceptive, The Return of Norah Wells is a novel about what it takes to hold a family together and what you're willing to sacrifice for the ones you love.
💫The Return of Norah Wells is a perfect book group read: it's sure to get a debate going with this question alone: should a mother ever walk out on her family? Here's a reading group guide with more questions. Do contact me if you'd like me to come along or Skype in for a guest appearance!
14 September, 2017
Eagle House School, Berkshire, UK
I'm delighted that, once again, I'll be part of The Eagle House Literary Festival - albeit in an unusual way. As I'm now an ocean away, I won't be able to whizz down the road on my trusty bike! Instead, I'll be joining the pupils and staff of Eagle House via Skype from my lovely lake-view study in Concord, New Hampshire. There's a great line-up of authors including Matt Dickinson, Katherine Rundell, Sally Gardner, Marcus Sedgwick, M G Leonard, Ali Sparkes, Dan Smith, Julia Jarman, Cas Lester, Andy Cope, Christopher Lloyd, Nick Arnold and James Carter. Matthew Edwards, the Head of English, has given his Year 8 class complimentary copies of Wishbones, my debut YA novel, and these sparky boys and girls will be asking me questions in front of the whole school to launch the literary festival. I love sharing my novels with young people - and I always enjoy their questions, which are often much more original and unfiltered than grown-up questions! If you would like me to visit your school for a reading, a talk or a creative writing workshop, do get in touch here.
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