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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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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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This month's winner

Say hej to Tess, August’s Dog of the Month! Tess is that most essential of office supplies, the Office Dog. She is the Canine Workspace Joy Facilitator of Tara Moshizi, the Swedish radio presenter and journalist. Tara says, ‘Tess loves to cuddle and fetch birds, both on land and in water. And most of all she makes my work days so much cosier, easier and funnier!‘ Beautiful Tess, pictured here just after a swim, is a mum of five and grandmother of six – so clearly that river she’s swimming in is the river of Eternal Youth. Thank you, Tara: I am raising my (huge) mug of fika blend coffee to you both!

Lucy Dillon

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