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I am really looking forward to this year’s Felixstowe Book Festival on 27th and 28th June. It’s such a friendly event and once again there is a great line-up. I shall be talking about the research I did for my latest book, The Poppy Factory, which included getting to know an army medic veteran of Afghanistan, one of the most remarkable young women I have ever met. Hope to see you on Sunday 28th June at 10 am, in ‘His Lordship’s Library’.

It’s an exciting time: I have just submitted my fourth book – working title ‘The Master Piece’ – to my literary agent, Caroline Hardman. It is a story of forbidden love between an young English girl of the ‘middling classes’ and a Huguenot silk weaver, set in 1750s Spitalfields, East London.  I’ve had a fascinating time researching and immersing myself in the life of the mid 18th century, learning about the social mores, the fashions and the tough times that some experienced.

Last but not least, I am still pinching myself that The Forgotten Seamstress reached #18 in the New York Times ebook fiction best seller list a few weeks ago! Massive thanks to all my US readers and my American publishers, Sourcebooks. Are you listening, Hollywood?