— Hello from my study… —

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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Apr 14

One Small Act of Kindness – win a luxury spa day!

I’m getting properly excited about One Small Act of Kindness, which will be published on April 23rd – an auspicious day, since it’s Shakespeare’s birthday and St George’s Day, which is definitely celebrated in Longhampton with some sort of special menu in the local gastropub (Broth-ello, followed by Leek and Ham-let Pie, and Midsummer Night’s […]

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This month's winner

Name: Elton Potter

Likes: tickles, chewing plants, chasing squirrels, people watching and Richmond Park

Dislikes: rain, his own company, cyclists and being woken up before 8.30am

If he could talk to his human, he’d say: Tickle my belly… and my ears… and that bit under there…

May’s dog of the month is a handsome Bosnian called Elton who is from a houndy sort of family. Elton’s story starts out very sad, as his owner, novelist Alexandra Potter, explains: ‘He was found dumped as a puppy at the side of the street in Bosnia, alongside his brother who sadly didn’t make it. He was taken in by a local charity (Animals We Care Mostar) and rescued by the amazing Wild at Heart Foundation run by Nikki Tibbles (the celebrity florist); this charity funds projects from all over the world and supports dog rescue, adoption and rehoming.’ This is where the happy ending comes in: Alex saw him, fell in love, arranged his adoption, and now Elton lives the life of Riley, or possibly Elton John, in South West London, regularly galloping around the park with his new friends, and reclining on a sheepskin rug in front of the fire. He’s a wonderful ambassador, for Bosnia and for rescue dogs!

Lucy Dillon

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