Countdown to The Taxidermist's Daughter

Edinburgh, Inverness (& Oswestry!) Here I Come …

18 August 2014

Last week, I had a fabulous (non book!) time interviewing two fantastic directors, Carrie Cracknell whose production of Medea is playing at the National Theatre in London - joined, also by designer Tom Scutt. Further south, in Chichester, I had the pleasure of talking to legendary American director, Gordon Greenberg. His version of Guys and Dolls is previewing at CFT now. As always, I was struck both with the passionate engagement and a touch of jealousy ... the collaboration, the ways in which designers, choreographers, directors, actors work together and as a team, makes the solitary life of a novelist

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The Taxidermist’s Daughter has arrived!

11 August 2014

I'm waiting - nervously - for the post to come. The advance book proofs of The Taxidermist's Daughter are on their way. It is, after all the work and planning and talking, the moment where people do start to read the novel. So I'm excited, but nervous too. It feels as if the countdown to publication on 11th September really has begun. It's my eighth work of fiction (eleventh book in all, taking non fiction into account) and the anticipation at first seeing the words you've written typeset and put down doesn't go away. It makes the events coming up

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7 July 2014

On 7th July 2005, the novel that was to change my life - Labyrinth - was published.  Today, exactly nine years later, we launch the pre-publication marketing & social media campaign for The Taxidermist’s Daughter. A real red letter day.  Tonight, finally, for a very short time, you can see the film we were making at the Booth Museum and on the Fishbourne Marshes. In London tonight, we'll be giving an exclusive preview of the film - directed by the brilliant Mark Rusher at Orion - and giving readers a glimpse into the novel itself.  I invite you to watch

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4 July 2014

I'm sorry I haven't been updating my blog for the past few weeks. Regular visitors will know we filmed at the Booth Museum on 6th June - Orion posted brilliant photographs and snippets - but for the past month I have been working on the edit of The Taxidermist's Daughter. The great news is, it is done! When an author is head-down working on the end of a book, sometimes it's just best to withdraw from any other kind of writing at all - even a weekly blog - to keep one's mind clear of everything other than the novel

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9 June 2014

I had an amazing time filming at the Booth Museum last Friday, for our special pre-publication film for The Taxidermist's Daughter.  Everyone was so welcoming and it was fabulous to be allowed to see behind the scenes, as well as film in the main exhibition space.  It is that wonderful time, now, when the editing is under way—and enjoyable—and all the exciting bits about the build up to publication start happening.  You can view photos from the filming below, or follow me on Facebook. Here, though, is the strangest life imitating art moment: The Taxidermist's Daughter is built around four birds in

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