— Hello from my study… —

May 07


What are you doing next weekend? Will you be in the Berkhamsted area? I’m going to be appearing at the inaugural Berko Bookfest 2pm on Sunday, on a panel with Rosie Walsh, Rowan Coleman and Clare Swatman.

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Apr 26

Spring has sprung; tomatoes are here!

There are two rituals that indicate spring has arrived in my house. One is the annual panic buying of SPF50+ Soltan in Boots, during the 3-day hot spell the UK usually gets in April, after the 3-day snow shocker. The other is the purchase of tomato plants.

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Mar 31

Hey, Aurora!

This weekend was an epic Mothering Sunday for me because…. we welcomed a new dog to the family! This is Aurora and she’s an Otterhound.

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Dec 22

Moving house, new books and old friends

Apparently, we’re nearly done with 2018. How? How how HOW?! Last week it was summer and I was flopping around the house in wafty harem pants because wearing anything else felt like I was steaming to death, now it’s Christmas. [Munch Scream face]

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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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This month's winner

Name: Honey and Nikki

Likes: long walks in the forest and on the beach, agility competitions (Honey), snoring under the tv bench (Nikki)

I’m saying it now: you will NOT see a cuter photograph of two dogs this year. It’s impossible. My heart actually went ‘ping’ when I saw this. These two adorable Swedish ladies are Honey, a Cocker Spaniel x Tibetan Terrier, and Nikki, a Cocker Spaniel x Lhasa Apso x Bichon Frisé, and according to their owner, Helene, their personalities are as sweet as the elegant Midsummer flower crowns they’re sporting. (We need to make Midsummer flower crowns a thing here in Britain, we really do.)

Honey was Helene’s first ever dog, and she says, ‘I will never forget the 7th of October 2011 when we brought her home. That is the day when our life began. What did we do before we had her? We can hardly remember… Honey is my shadow, she follows me everywhere. She can really talk with her Eyes. Nikki loves to sleep under the tv bench and I can tell you one thing: this little cutie can snore!’ Honey and Nikki are both smart girls, and do a lot of agility and nosework.
Helene, you have made my ENTIRE YEAR with this wonderful photograph – thank you so much for sharing it!
Lucy Dillon

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