Archive for December, 2008


I am delighted to announce the birth of my first book, The Importance of Being Emma, a modern re-telling of the Jane Austen classic. ‘Emma’ was born on 15th December 2008, nearly three years after conception – enough to make even an elephant weep!


Despite all the difficulties – writer’s cramp, sagging middle, chocoholism, split infinitives, to name but a few – I’ve battled bravely on, sustained by John Thornton holding my hand throughout (in my dreams!), by the support of my family, and by encouraging feedback from those who read the earlier version.


The new arrival weighs almost half a kilo, is 416 pages long and is available as a paperback or an ebook (with a choice of PDF, Mobipocket or Microsoft Reader format).


Visit the publisher’s website www.choc-lit.co.uk for all the details. Choc Lit is also offering the paperback with a box of chocolates as a Girlie Gift. And guess who’s supplying the chocolates? It’s got to be Thorntons …


Alternatively, the paperback is available on Amazon.


Best of all, with this baby there’s no feeding or nappy changing!


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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a man in tight breeches must be in want of a large TV audience.  I know, I know … a shameful paraphrasing of Jane Austen  happy048tk but there were plenty of men in breeches, cravats and togas on show in this week’s ITV3 offering, The History of the Costume Drama.  Five programmes charted the success of British TV costume drama over the last 50 years and clips from the famous (and obscure) adapations which have graced our TV screens were interpersed with cast and crew interviews.  Riveting stuff, and how wonderful to see interviews with the delectable Richard Armitage, who played John Thornton in the 2004 version of North and South, and Ross Poldark himself, Robin Ellis, still looking very dashing.

All five programmes will be available for up to 30 days on ITV’s catch up facility

ITV Catch Up – The Story of the Costume Drama

Richard Armitage as John Thornton

Richard Armitage as John Thornton in North and South (BBC 2004)

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