My Own Private Candy Crush Saga

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I wrote about Candy Crush in the New York Times last week, which seems to have quelled the addiction. Here’s the piece.

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In Praise of the Nap

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I wrote this about napping in The Guardian on Wednesday. (Evidence that you can find illustrious examples to justify almost ANY BEHAVIOUR, in this case Churchill, JFK, LBJ and, er, GWB).

Secret Histories

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Nice piece in the New York Times yesterday that mentions my book. (That’s my mum in the photo on the right, wearing a jumper that still takes up half of my closet space.) Read the whole thing here>>

Halloween event in New York city

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It’s this Wednesday, October 30th, at 6.30pm at the Writers Room: 740 Broadway, 12th Floor. It’s going to be fun. If you’re in town and around, come – I’d love to see you. Full details here.

Meeting the amazing Chris Hadfield

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I have, I guess, interviewed more famous people than Chris Hadfield, the former commander of the International Space Station, but I have rarely been so star struck. What is it about astronauts? They’re just a tiny bit better than the rest of us, right? (Although, as you’ll see from the interview, they’re kind of a pain to be married to). Hadfield is unusual not just for the wonder of his space experience, but for his ability to describe it in terms so vivid you get vertigo just from listening to him. It’s one of me favourite stories of the year so far. Read the interview here>>

An interview with Samantha Geimer

 

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Samantha Geimer’s account of what happened to her in the summer of 1977 and the subsequent 35 year fall-out is fascinating for its nuance, its good humour, and for her capacity to move on, in the face of frequent and very public reminder. It was one of those interviews that genuinely surprised me, in a good way.

The Cuteness of Bees

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Here’s my interview in the Guardian with Margaret Atwood, on top scathing form on a variety of subjects. Particularly interesting: her dismissal of Lauren Sandler’s essay in the Atlantic, counselling women writers to have only one child. “Make your choice,” she says. “Stop whining about it and filling up copy in magazines with your guilt.”

Writing Lessons

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I enjoyed guesting here on Marion Roach Smith’s excellent blog about memoir writing…capsule summary: only do it if the story is good enough and you absolutely have to. Writing a memoir is even more of a faff than I imagine writing a novel might be.

BookCourt, Cobble Hill, Weds 26th June @ 7pm

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I will be doing an event here, tomorrow night. Jokes, jazz-hands, a tiny bit of reading and signing afterwards. If you’re in the vicinity, come!