This month I was invited to be a writer in residence
in Beijing. It was magical. What a city, what a
I will be taking part in an event with
Iain Sinclair and Lee Rourke at the All Saints Centre
Lewes, Sussex on December 8th. We will be talking
about 'The South'.
Cheltenham Festival proof party
Proofs of The Photographer's Wife are just in,
thanks to Bloomsbury Books. They look amazing.
My review of Elena Ferrante's The Story of the Lost
Child for the Independent on Sunday
News: in November I will be Raffles Hotel writer
in resident in Beijing.
And on October 22nd I will be reading at the launch
of Vanguard Short Story Anthology, 7.30pm at
The Bear Freehouse, 296a Camberwell New RD, London
I took part in the feminist festival celebrating
the history of the Matchwomen at Matchfest in
I have an essay about the peculiar despair of hotel
rooms and hotel melancholia in Aeon magazine, just
And a review of Italian author Viola di Grado in the
Indy on Sunday.
I have been in Yangon, Myanmar, as a writer-in-
residence for the BCLT/PEN Myanmar translation
A piece I wrote, 'Dirty Talk and Dostoyevsky on the
Night Shift' is in the New York Times today.
My play, 'Without Blinking' will be showing
at Testbed, Battersea, London from the 23-25th April
2015. It's a very intense piece of Immersive Theatre,
written as a commission for Goat and Monkey Theatre
Company and the University of Chichester. Do go! The
actors are amazing and the production team fantastic.
Excited to say that my short story 'In the Middle
of the Air' will be published in the Vanguards
Short Story Anthology in October 2015.
I have been travelling in Azerbaijan on a travel
writing assignment which will be published in the
2015 Lonely Planet travel writing anthology in
My review of Fotini Tsalikoglou's The Secret Sister
published by Europa Editions is in the Independent
Boxing day lounging around? Listen to me on BBC
This month I was in conversation with
Bloomsbury Publishers CEO Nigel Newton at the
opening of Seaford Library, East Sussex.
My story, 'Reaching Bliss' is published in Lonely
Planet's Anthology An Innocent Abroad.
And I have written an Essay for BBC Radio 3, 'I've
Never Told Anyone This Before...' which will be
broadcast on Boxing Day.
I also reviewed Louisa Waugh's 'Meet me in Gaza'
for the new issue of Wasafiri.
A piece by me on Marguerite Duras in Five Dials.
An essay by me in the US literary magazine,
Salmagundi in which I write about travelling
in the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor.
This month I am writer in residence at the
British Centre for Literary Translation summer
school in Huangshan, the Yellow Mountains of China.
Exciting news: my second novel 'The Photographer's
Wife' will be published by Bloomsbury UK and US in
Also: A Lady Cyclist will be published in Japan in
December, and rights for a Chinese edition have
My Short Story 'Theory of Flight' is on BBCiplayer
for a few more days.
News on my next book coming soon, but
for now I’m pleased to say that I have story
‘Reaching Bliss’ forthcoming in the Lonely Planet
Travel Writing anthology 2014.
I am in Ramallah and Jerusalem this month
and I am working on a commission for a Radio
4 short story.
I am also taking part in this wonderful
event at the Institut Francais celebrating
the work of Marguerite Duras. Info.
My review of Alison MacLeod's 'The Unexploded' is
I have a piece in this literary magazine
dedicated to celebrating the art of the handwritten
letter. The Letters Page.
also, a thoughtful review.
A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar has been long-
listed for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin
Literary Award. Very happy!
And I'm delighted to say that
in January 2014 I will be a writer-in-
residence at the Al Qattan Foundation in Ramallah
I will be at the Istanbul Tanpinar Literature
Festival at the end of October. Details here.
I'm really looking forward to going to the
Manchester Literature Festival on October 11th
to talk with Turkish writer Asli Perker.
A Lady Cyclist is out in India and getting some
great reviews: the Deccan Herald and Time Out
I will be taking part in the Word - A Cooler
Lumpur Festival in Kuala Lumpur on the 22nd June.
More info here.
I am happy to say I've been long-listed for the
Authors Club Best First Novel Award 2013.
A Lady Cyclist was paperback of the week in the
Observer, reviewed by Bella Bathurst.
I will be going on a research trip to Jerusalem,
staying here at the American Colony Hotel where I
will have access to wonderful photographic archives.
I will be doing a Psychologies Magazine Creative
Writing Workshop(info below) on Thurs 28th Feb.
I will be doing an event at Eastbourne Library in
April (info to follow soon).
I will be speaking at a European Writing
Conference in Malta in April and am lucky enough
to be attending a Festival dedicated to all things
bicycle in Puglia, Southern Italy in May.
I designed a cycle route around Shoreham, Sussex,
for Cycle Active Magazine! Here's the link. There
was also a big feature in Sussex Life, but I don't
think it's online.
In February 2013 I will be running a creative
writing workshop with Psychologies Magazine.
I have a story in Lonely Planet's new anthology
'Better than Fiction'!
My Article 'Sale of the Centuries' can be found
in the November Issue of Vogue, out now.
I will be in Spain, meeting publishers and doing
press in Madrid and then at these events in
Andrew Miller and Suzanne Joinson talk
to Jon Gower at Hayfestival Segovia.
and readings with Felix Valvdivieso, Pedro Lenz
and Carlos Aganzo at Hayfestival Segovia.
Here is my first Spanish review,
En bicicleta al Turkestan.
I will be doing this event at Edinburgh on the 23rd.
I will also be at Stradbelly festival in Ireland and Hay Segovia in September.
I hit the LA Times bestsellers list!
A lot going on in July as UK publication day is July 5th. I had a launch party!
A mention in Vogue.com 'Britain's best new books'
A few lovely interviews: Foyles, Vanessa Gebbie's blog and Words Unlimited. Thanks all for taking the time.
I'm shortlisted for the Anobii First Book Award
Reviews in the Boston Globe, Book Oxygen, Counterpunch and The Back Cover
and an excerpt in the very beautiful Fleeting Magazine.
I'm on BBC Radio Scotland talking missionaries.
A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar is Book of the Month in National Geographic.
I am editor's choice in the New York Times and...
An amazing review in the New York Times Book Review by Sara Wheeler.
Ah, Colorado - how I'd love to visit you. Especially Tattered Cover bookshops. I'm honoured to get a great review and be nominated as a 'VIB' very important book.
& A lovely review on Shelf Awareness
I have an original essay up at Powells.com
A Lady Cyclist is out in the States! Hurrah and hurray. Picture evidence will be posted soon.
I will be doing an event at the London Review of Books Bookshop on 11th May. Details here.
My book is coming out in Denmark, it will be published by Forlaget Turbulenz. Such great news.
Not coming out until November 2012 but available to pre-order here - Lonely Planet 'Better than Fiction' anthology with a story by me, alongside DBC Pierre, Isabel Allende and MJ Hyland.
I will be at the Edinburgh Festival alongside Greg Baxter on Thursday 23rd August (not sure what time yet).
I will be at UptheJunction with Stella Duffy and Jake Arnott (lucky me!!) on 9th July.
I will be at Hebden Bridge Festival on Monday 2nd July at 8pm alongside Selma Dabbagh and others.
I will be at Hay Festival on Monday 4th June at 4pm.
I've had a great review from Chicks Dig Books (thank you).
& I've had a sneaky peek at one coming up in April from BookList - loveliness.
A new, very nice 4* review here from the States & Bloomsbury deliver A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar proofs across London - by bicycle, and in 1920s dress (ish). Check it out here.
A great review ("absolutely beautifully written") at Dolce Bellezza's very attractive site. The Book Case have mentioned me in their list of MOST BUZZED-ABOUT DEBUTS OF 2012. Times Literary Editor Erica Wagner picked me and A Lady Cyclist as 'one to watch out for in 2012' which was a very good way to start the new year indeed.
A Lady Cyclist has been selected as one of 'Barbara's Picks' at The Library Journal in the US. Described as 'charming and dusky and imbued with a wonderful sense of history and place...'
Oooh: the lovely French publisher Presses de la Cite have bought rights. Wonder of wonders. I cannot wait to see what the French cover will look like (stylish and elegant, of course). This means that A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar is now being published in 10 different countries. Not bad, eh?
Exciting news just in: rights for A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar have been acquired by Italian publisher Eliott. This is AMAZING - I am very pleased and can't wait to see an Italian edition.
The latest news is that rights for A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar have been bought by Laguna in Serbia. This is very exciting. I'm hoping this means that one day I can
visit Belgrade, drink coffee, waft about the city and casually come across my book in a bookshop window.