Agatha Christie in US

Absolutely delighted that my biography of Agatha Christie is to be published by Pegasus in the US next March.

This is the very nice review in Publisher’s Weekly.


The Mitfords: the gift that keeps on giving

Huge and lovely audience for an event about the Mitfords at Cheltenham Literary Festival in October, where I was delighted to be part of a panel including Juanita Coulson, literary editor of The Lady, and Ben Treuhaft, the son of Jessica Mitford.

A few days later was at Blenheim Literature Festival talking about Nancy Mitford with Lydia Slater, deputy editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Town and Country – great fun.


Town and Country magazine

The latest issue of the ever-beautiful T and C is out, with a little piece from me about the summer Season.

Which this year I shall be spending indoors, at a desk, writing about a murder that took place on a dark, cold October night in 1922.

A Tale of Two Sisters

This is on Yesterday tonight 25/5/2017 at 8pm – I talk about the Mitford sisters and especially the fraught relationship between Diana and JessicaThe Guardian Guide, Tale of Two Sisters, Pick of the Day, 20th May (1) (1)

Battersea petition for longer sentences for animal cruelty

The maximum sentence that can be given is 6 months – no wonder how appalling the crime against an animal. So good that Battersea dogs and cats home has taken up this issue. If you sign the petition it goes to your MP – I’m very glad to say that mine, Sarah Olney, got straight back to me to say that she has written to the relevant minister (Andrea Leadsom) and will be back with updates.

The argument that caring about animals means one doesn’t care enough about people has surely run its course. To put the argument at its simplest, if somebody is capable of kicking a puppy that doesn’t augur well for their treatment of human beings.

Petition against horse cruelty

One could spend one’s life these days signing petitions. But this was sent to me and it got my attention. For obvious reasons. It led on to one from the Humane Society about the dog meat trade, what a world…