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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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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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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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