— Hello from my study… —

Jul 25

Pugs, and hugs

I was listening to my backlog of Kermode and Mayo’s Film podcasts at the weekend – if you’re not already a paid-up member of the Church of Wittertainment, then join, it’s everything film you need! If you are already, hello to Jason Isaacs/Jeremy Irons! – and a topic came up which really struck a nerve […]

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May 09

jeg elsker norge!

I had the most amazing introduction to the beautiful city of Oslo last week, as a guest of my Norwegian publishers, Bazar, at their Feelgood Festival. 

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May 01

Newsflash: WLTGI now £5 on Amazon!

That’s it, really – Where the Light Gets In is now a bargain fiver on Amazon, as well as in Tesco and ASDA, and half price in WH Smiths. True love, dachshunds, knitted flowers, friendship, family secrets, art galleries and colouring-in books… for less than a coffee and a brownie! This is the book of […]

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Apr 27

Posters, bargains, giveaways, woolly dogs… WTLGI publication week!

This has been a busy, busy week. My feet look like hooves and my boots need reheeling, thanks to the miles of  trekking around London I’ve done – mainly in search of those outdoor ad posters. Yes, if you’ve been in a railway station this week and you saw a mad woman taking phone pics […]

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Apr 24

Where The Light Gets In… sneak preview!

Not only is the beautiful hardback of Where the Light Gets In now in the shops, the outdoor advertising posters are up! There is NOTHING more incredible than being on a train pulling into a station and seeing a poster for your own book. It brought tears to my eyes. Would you look at this…

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Apr 12

Where the Light Gets in… and Sophie Allport competition!

  Isn’t this gorgeous? It’s a Sophie Allport mug covered in dachshunds, which are spookily like Rudy in Where The Light Gets In.  And you can FILL YOUR KITCHEN with similar gorgeousness (including Belted Galloway cows, butterflies, Border Terriers, bumble bees… the entire animal cast of Where the Light Gets In, essentially!) by entering the […]

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Apr 11

Keeping up with the ‘News

I have a weekly treat: my local paper, The Whitehaven News. It’s not my local paper where I live in Herefordshire, but my local paper from home in Cumbria. (‘Where you live’ and ‘home’ being two subtly different concepts – for me, anyway.) And why, you might wonder, is it such a treat to read […]

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Dec 07

Millions of pieces of me (in nine different containers)

Things I have learned this year, Pt 82736: the hardest advice to take is your own. Yes, there is a grim irony in telling the storage unit owners that you’ve written a novel about a woman who fearlessly declutters her life while booking out five of their biggest containers for your houseful of junk.

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Feb 14

Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you didn’t get exactly what you were hoping for in the post, here is something for you from a furry friend of mine…

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Dec 07

Christmas wreathes and other stuff

As an All I Ever Wanted publication day present to me, I booked myself and my boyfriend onto a Christmas wreath-making course. I have to keep adding CHRISTMAS to that otherwise it sounds unsettlingly ghoulish. It’s been a bad year, but not that bad.

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Dec 05

All I Ever Wanted… for Christmas

The great thing about having a December 1st publication date is that no sooner has the launch date rolled round in its customary speedy fashion than it’s already Christmas. And what better festive gift to give yourself (or a loved one, I guess) than All I Ever Wanted, now out in paperback everywhere!

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This month's winner

Name: Buddy Adams

Likes: chicken and crisps, playing with the 16 week old German shepherd puppy next-door (who terrorises him – oh, Buddy!) and cuddling with his mum

Dislikes: postman – obvs! – going to the groomers, and having to be towelled when he is wet through

If he could talk to his human, he’d say: “Let’s go to Cleethorpes for a walk on the beach, followed by fish and chips – that we could share!” (generous)

July’s dog of the month is Buddy, a beautiful Shetland Sheepdog belonging to Mandy Adams. Buddy isn’t only a heroic supporter of his local library (visit your library, folks! They need visitors!) but he also gives Mandy a hero’s welcome every time she comes home, even if she’s just popped to the shops. What a sweetheart. Mandy raises that perennial question that all dog owners have considered at some point – as he’s from Shetland, will he have a Scottish accent? Hmm. I’d say…. aye, hen.

Lucy Dillon

Enter your pooch!