US & UK covers of The Last RunawayI'm delighted to report that my new novel The Last Runaway will be published in the USA, Australia and Italy in January 2013, in the UK in March 2013, and in other countries later in 2013. The US cover is on the left and the UK version is on the right.

I have spent much of the summer editing a new novel (The Last Runaway, out January 2013 in the US, March 2013 in the UK, with other countries to follow). Mostly, though, I've been glued to the Olympics, which transformed my fellow Londoners into cheerful, positive, helpful people. It was glorious.

Summer time and I'm off soon to Ohio to try and revitalize the novel I'm writing set there. Any Ohioans who see me in a diner with a stack of pancakes and the paper, tell me to get out and start researching! You may also find me lingering in quilt shops.

Great Britain went a little berserk recently with the Royal Wedding. In our Dorset village there was a cake-decorating competition on that theme, and we won! Here's the result:


I did it! I ran the LONDON MARATHON to raise money for BREAST CANCER CAMPAIGN. Here I am in all my sweaty glory, with Big Ben behind me, SMILING because I'm done! Thanks to everyone who sponsored me!