— Hello from my study… —

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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Sep 13

it’s been a funny old summer…

Woah. Look, it’s mid-September. Mid-September! How did that happen?! It’s been rather an eventful summer in this house which is why I’ve been somewhat absent from the world. It hasn’t just been holidays, honest…

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May 10

Violet, Queen of Basset Hounds 2005-2016

I wasn’t a dog person until I met Violet, my beautiful black blanket basset hound. And last week, after eight happy years together, we had to say goodbye, but thanks to her, I’ll be a dog person for ever. Here, in a few of my favourite photographs, is why.

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Apr 25

Semla buns and English nests

Every country has its Easter treats. Americans have Peeps. Italians have pane di Pasqua. We have hot cross buns. As usual, Sweden blows all this out of the water with semlor: the insanely happy marriage of yeast, cream, spices and icing sugar.

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Apr 25

Sweden, part 2: podcasts and cakes and Katarina Bivald

If you’ve ever wondered what two authors talk about when they’re put in a room with a lot of coffee, wonder no longer! This is me, wittering on about cake, writing and dogs with Swedish bestseller, Katarina Bivald… https://www.acast.com/sostories/-5lucydillonandkatarinabivald-speakingofstories

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Apr 16

Jag älskar Sverige, part 1: Books & Dreams (& cake)

hej hej! (I say this all the time now. I’m the fifth Monkee.) It’s been a loooong time, and I’m very sorry. My excuse is that that I’ve been writing a book which is now with my editor – hurray! – and I’ve also, shock horror, been out of The Shire and into the real […]

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Sep 15

home and away, and Hallo, Deutschland!!

Today’s big hello is to German readers – danke schön, Deutschland, for all the copies of A Hundred Pieces of Me, or more Germanly, Das kleine große Glück, which have flown off the shelves!

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Aug 20

Me and my great Scandicakian love

Hello! Sorry, long time, no post – this is because I am hard at work, writing a new book. However, last week I managed to combine two of my favourite things: cake, and an editorial chat with my agent’s mystical and charming assistant, Harriet.

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May 13

May – winners, awkward radio interviews & Periscopes

    Well, after a random selection process involving Post it Notes, a judgmental dog, an independent adjudicator who barked at the judgmental dog when he felt she was taking too long making up her mind, I’m happy to say I have three winners for the One Small Act of Kindness giveaway!

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Apr 20

Welcome to my website – win a book!

Hello! And finally, finally, finally I’m delighted to be swinging wide the doors of my website, after delaying so long that my web designer has actually BUILT A HOUSE since our initial meeting. Sorry, Evan.

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This month's winner

Name: Penny

Likes: balls, sticks, running in the forest.

Dislikes: vacuum cleaners

If she could talk to her human, she’d say: “Come play with me! Don’t be so lazy!’

August’s Dog of the Month is beautiful Penny, a three-year-old Border Collie, and she’s the close friend of international best-selling novelist, Sofia Lundberg. You’ll be hearing a lot about Sofia in the new year if you’re in the UK, but if you’re in Sweden, France, Spain, Germany, etc, etc, you’ll already know how romantic and fabulous her novel, The Red Address Book is. Penny is a thoroughly interactive outdoorsy type of doggo but the very best thing about her, according to Sofia, is that she knows two commands: ‘Hug – she jumps up and puts her front legs round my neck. And Snuggle – she crawls up in the bed and puts her head on my pillow’.

Hug and Snuggle. Penny, you’re my kind of girl.

Lucy Dillon

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